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Modernism and the Matter of Infrastructure

"What does it mean to be stuck dreaming of infrastructure?"? asked Patricia Yaeger in a 2007 special issue of _PMLA_ dedicated to the special topic of "Cities."? The critical possibilities that Yaeger's prompt opens up--along with related questions and issues--have gained currency with the development of infrastructure as a focus of recent scholarly interest from multidisciplinary perspectives. A 2015 special issue of _Modern Fiction Studies_ defined infrastructuralism and delineated modernist studies as a site conducive to this line of critical inquiry. The aim of this MSA 2018 panel is to extend the line further by pursuing a range of possible topics, including but not limited to the following:

--graphic forms of infrastructure in modernism (elements of design, displays and exhibitions, visual culture)
--interdisciplinary approaches to modernism and infrastructuralism
--infrastructure and temporality
--infrastructure and the production of space
--the (in)visibility of infrastructure in works of modernism
--ecocritical approaches to modernism and infrastructuralism
--infrastructures of feeling (monumentalism, nationalism, the technological sublime, etc.)
--rural/urban forms of infrastructure
--utopian/dystopian renderings of infrastructure
--the infrastructural dimensions of empire, colonization, and (uneven) economic development
--the role of infrastructure in relations between modernism and political ideologies or the state (progressivism, fascism, the New Deal, regional planning/rehabilitation, global development initiatives, etc.)

Please submit a 300-word abstract and brief bio to Ted Atkinson ( by April 1, 2018.

Conference Location: Columbus, OH, United States
Conference Starts: November 08, 2018
Conference Ends: November 11, 2018

CFP Submission Deadline: April 01, 2018

For more information, contact: Ted Atkinson