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Indigenous Avant-gardes

For many Indigenous peoples around the world, modernity begins in 1492, and remains inextricable from the predations of global imperialist expansion. Perhaps more than any other people anywhere on earth, Indigenous people have experienced the full force of modernity as a sweeping set of changes across their cultures and with unprecedented speed. At the same time, Indigenous peoples have been locked into tightly-constrained notions of tradition and custom that would seem to put their cultural productions at odds with concepts like the avant-garde.

This panel seeks to challenge such conceptions and to ask how have the particular modernities experienced by Indigenous people around the world have generated particular modernisms. How have they produced avant-garde practices? How might such works constitute a parallel or alternative to Anglo-European avant-gardes? How have they informed or been appropriated by them? How do they break with or simply reject canonical modernist aesthetics? What are the politics of such breaks, and how do they record the rapidly progressing modernities faced by Indigenous peoples around the world?

Send 250-word abstracts to Jonathan Radocay ( by 4 March 2019.

Conference Location: Toronto, Canada
Conference Starts: October 17, 2019
Conference Ends: October 20, 2019

CFP Submission Deadline: March 04, 2019

For more information, contact: Jonathan Radocay