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Jul. 31, 2010
-Seminar Registration Deadline

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Sept. 15, 2010
-Early Registration Ends

-Last Day to Register for "What Are You Reading?"

Oct. 12, 2010
-Last Day to Reserve Hotel Room at "Special Rate"

Oct. 22, 2010
-Last Day for Conference Registration

-Last Day to Register for Business Lunch

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Patricia Leighten, “Modernism, Antimilitarism and War” – November 11, 2010. This keynote is generously sponsored by the University of Victoria's Lansdowne Lecture in the Humanities

Patricia Leighten received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. She is author of Re-Ordering the Universe: Picasso and Anarchism, 1897-1914 (Princeton University Press 1989) and Modernism, Anarchism and Its Parisian Audiences, 1900-1914 (forthcoming University of Chicago Press 2011), and, co-authored with Mark Antliff, A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism, 1906-1914 (University of Chicago Press, 2008) and Cubism and Culture (Thames & Hudson 2001 [Cubisme et culture 2002]). Her field of research is late nineteenth-/early twentieth-century art and politics. In her research and teaching, she is interested in the relationship between visual culture and the politics of both representation and interpretation.

As this talk will take place on the evening of Armistice Day, it will be a public lecture as well as an MSA keynote talk. Please arrive early for seating.

Special Event: Keynote Round Table on “How is Modernism Global?” – November 12, 2010

Maud Ellmann

Maud Ellmann: Professor, English Department and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame; Dr. Ellmann's participation is being sponsored by the O'Neill Fund for Irish Literature

Maud Ellmann received her Ph.D. from St. Anne’s College, Oxford University. Her research interests focus on locating Irish experiences in theoretical and comparative contexts. Before coming to Notre Dame, she was a Reader in Modern Literature at Cambridge University. Her recent book Elizabeth Bowen: The Shadow across the Page (Edinburgh University Press, 2003) received the British Council Prize for book of the year in English Studies. Ellmann is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has held a number of significant fellowships, including awards from Harvard (Mellon), Guggenheim, ACLS, Newberry, the Henry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, and the National Humanities Center. In addition to editing Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Oxford University Press, 1996), she has authored Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism (Longman, 1994), The Hunger Artists: Starving, Writing and Imprisonment (Harvard University Press, 1993), and The Poetics of Impersonality: T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound (Harvard University Press, 1987).


Udaya Kumar: Professor, Department of English Arts Faculty, University of Delhi

Udaya Kumar is a Professor of English at the University of Delhi. He is the author of The Joycean Labyrinth: Repetition, Time and Tradition in Ulysses (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991) and several articles on literary and cultural theory, modern Indian literature, and autobiographical writing. Professor Kumar was a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Professor of Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Newcastle University, U.K. He is currently completing a book on the history of self-articulation in modern Malayalam writing.

shih Shu-Mei Shih: Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles.

Shu-Mei Shih is a Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a scholar of comparative literature with expertise and interest in Chinese, Sinophone, and Asian American literatures. Professor Shin's first book was The Lure of the Modern: Writing Modernism in Semicolonial China, 1917-1937 (University of California Press, 2001). Her second book, Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations across the Pacific (University of California Press, 2007), theorizes and substantiates the new category of the Sinophone as the culture and literature of peoples speaking and writing different Chinese languages outside China. Professor Shih also co-edited the book Minor Transnationalism (2005) and has edited or co-edited special issues of Postcolonial Studies, Chung-Wai Literary Monthly, and PMLA. Her current projects include a co-edited book, Creolization of Theory, and two monographs, tentatively titled Trialectics: A book of Cross-cultural Questions and The Cultures of Postsocialism in China.

Glenn Willmott: Professor, English Department, Queen’s University.

Glenn Willmott is a Professor of English at Queen's University, where he teaches courses on modernism, on comics, and on Canadian literature. His most recent book, Modern Animalism: Habitats of Scarcity and Wealth in Comics and Literature, will be published by University of Toronto Press in 2011. Other books include Modernist Goods: Primitivism, the Market, and the Gift (UTP, 2008), Unreal Country: Modernity in the Canadian Novel in English (McGill-Queens UP, 2002), and McLuhan, or Modernism in Reverse (UTP, 1996). Other publications include chapters on economic and anthropological approaches to modernism in Disciplining Modernism (ed. Pamela Caughie, 2009) and Modernism and Theory (ed. Stephen Ross, 2009), and on digital media in Fluid Screens, Expanded Cinema (ed. Janine Marchessault and Susan Lord, 2007); and the articles "Cat People," forthcoming in Modernism/Modernity (2010), and "Modernism and Aboriginal Modernity: The Appropriation of Products of West Coast Native Heritage as National Goods," in Essays on Canadian Writing (2004).


Ken Seigneurie: Associate Professor and Director of World Literature Program, Simon Fraser University.

Ken Seigneurie is an Associate Professor and Director of the World Literature Program at Simon Fraser University. He researches modern Arabic, French and British fiction, literary theory and the history of humanist thought . His edited volume, Crisis and Memory: The Representation of Space in Modern Levantine Narrative, was published in 2003. Dr. Seigneurie has published numerous articles and chapters on Arabic Literature and he is currently completing a book-length manuscript entitled “A Culture in Ruins: Elegiac Humanism in Wartime and Postwar Lebanon.”


Chana Kronfeld: Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley.

Chana Kronfeld is a Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of On the Margins of Modernism: Decentering Literary Dynamics (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996), which won the MLA Scaglione Prize in 1998 for Best Book in Comparative Literary Studies. She has published many articles in scholarly journals and has also won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and other organizations for her translations and co-translations of literary works. Professor Kronfeld is preparing a monograph for publication, titled The Full Severity of Compassion: The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai and a collection of essays, in collaboration with graduate students, titled Rewriting the Land as Woman.

Dr. Astradur Eysteinsson, "Narrative Crisis: History of Modernism" – November 13, 2010. This Keynote is generously sponsored by the Beck Trust at the University of Victoria

Astradur Eysteinsson studied at the University of Iceland (BA), University of Warwick, England (MA), University of Cologne, Germany, and the University of Iowa, where he received his Ph.D in Comparative Literature. He is professor of Comparative Literature and, since 2008, Dean of Humanities at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. In his research he has looked at several aspects of modernism and (post)modernity, from literary and cultural perspectives. He has also worked extensively in translation studies and is a practicing translator (he has for instance co-translated several works of Franz Kafka into Icelandic). He is the author of The Concept of Modernism (Cornell UP 1990), Tvimaeli (on translation and translation studies, University of Iceland Press 1996), and Umbrot (on literature and modernity, University of Iceland Press 1999). He is the co-editor (with Daniel Weissbort) of Translation – Theory and Practice: A Historical Reader (Oxford UP 2006) and (with Vivian Liska) Modernism (2 vols., ICLA/John Benjamins 2007).