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"Modernism in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands"

We are looking for outstanding essays addressing the topic of "Modernism in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands" for a special issue of Modernist Cultures, tentatively scheduled to appear in 2019. While the ‚??global turn‚?Ě in modernist studies has greatly expanded scholarly conceptions of the geographies and temporalities that can be interestingly considered modernist, this special issue aims to address the comparatively neglected subject of configurations of modernity and modernism in the Pacific. To study modernism in the Pacific is to grapple with¬†issues of settler colonialism, gender, indigeneity, nationalism and transnationalism, sexuality, formations of capital, and racialization that complicate received narratives about the nature and course of modernism and modernization in other parts of the world. We believe that the importance of this project goes well beyond the goal of bringing another geographic region into the modernist fold, overdue as that may be. If modernist studies really wants to investigate modernism as a multi-sited and rhizomatic phenomenon, then we are persuaded that it is essential to consider the intersections and ruptures between the ways cultural producers across the Pacific experienced and expressed modernity, responded to and influenced visual art, music, dance, and literature elsewhere in the world, and advanced or inflected processes of modernization.

We welcome essays on all forms of cultural production and on writing in any of the colonial or indigenous languages of the Pacific; essays themselves should be in English. Please send a 300-word abstract and prospective title for your essay, with a short biographical note, to Brian Reed ( or Erin Carlston ( by 1 October 2017.

Conference Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Conference Starts: October 01, 2017
Conference Ends: October 01, 2017

CFP Submission Deadline: October 01, 2017

For more information, contact: Erin G. Carlston