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Modern(ist) Weddings

Work on modern(ist) weddings is invited for a proposed panel at the Modernist Studies Association conference in Amsterdam (August 10-13, 2017). The following are some of the questions animating the proposal:

• How did the wedding-as-event – and related figures such as the bride – transform in the first decades of the twentieth century?
• In what ways did weddings express or counter the modernist impulse to innovate?
• How were representations of weddings marked by fantasies about changing gendered and sexual subject positions?
• What might images of modern weddings tell us about class and racial ambiguity?
• Can genealogies of influence be traced between the modernist period and the so-called “wedding-industrial complex” of today?

The panel is envisioned as interdisciplinary and primarily concerned with the mediation of weddings, in genres that could include periodicals, conduct manuals, advertising, literature, visual art, film, and social scientific scholarship.

Please send a 150-word abstract, along with a 100-word biography, to Ilya Parkins (ilya.parkins@ubc.ca) by January 3. Feel free to contact Ilya with any questions in advance of the deadline.


Conference Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Conference Starts: August 10, 2017
Conference Ends: August 13, 2017

CFP Submission Deadline: January 03, 2017

For more information, contact: Ilya Parkins

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