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This panel aims to present a significant intervention in new modernist studies by contending that the dialectic of labor and leisure, which has not received sustained attention within modernist scholarship, is a key category through which modernists imagined, critiqued and reconfigured modernity. Not only a concept but also a set of specifically modern cultural practices and institutions, leisure is set against competitive and coercive work, on the one hand, and mere conspicuous consumption and abstention from labor, on the other. This panel seeks not only to explore influential representations of modern leisure, but also to uncover how modernists reflexively defined themselves and their art through concepts of leisure.

Prospective papers are encouraged to tackle the question of leisure as an intellectual or cultural problem for modernists. Particularly welcome are considerations of leisure from a transnational or postcolonial perspective, or from interdisciplinary perspectives (such as architecture, sociology, or geography). Send 300-500 word abstracts, along with a 2-3 sentence biographical statement, to both Christian Gerzso at and Shawna Ross at by April 7.

Conference Location: Buffalo, NY, USA
Conference Starts: October 06, 2011
Conference Ends: October 09, 2011

CFP Submission Deadline: April 07, 2011

For more information, contact: Shawna Ross