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Many critics have noted the ghostliness that lies at the heart of modernism generally, while others, especially in the wake of Benjamin, have touched on the spectral properties of that flânerie that Woolf slyly calls “street haunting”. This panel seeks papers that address the hauntology of the modernist street – papers that loiter on the corners where the modern, the spectral, and the psychogeographic meet.

We are especially interested in papers in which the ghostly separates from the gothic; in which the experience of haunting and hauntedness arises less from the supernatural than from the material-yet-phantasmagorical effect of the crowds, fragmentary optics, and ghostly semiotics; the political occlusions of class, gender, or race; or the psychological attunement to the wavering temporalities and upwellings of memory and desire that characterize the modernist streetscape.

Please send 200 word abstract and 50 word bio statement to Graham Fraser (graham.fraser@msvu.ca) by March 18.

Conference Location: Brooklyn, USA
Conference Starts: October 22, 2020
Conference Ends: October 25, 2020

CFP Submission Deadline: March 18, 2020

For more information, contact: Graham Fraser