Panel seeks papers that interrogate the relationships between modern environmental thought and Modernism of the late 19th and early 20th century with a focus on issues relevant to colonialism. Papers may address how modernism informed, did not inform, or otherwise influenced the environmental imaginary under varieties of colonialism. Papers that engage this nexus of connections in critical and historical ways or that analyze visual representations together with verbal ones will be favored.
What are the modern narratives of environmentalism and colonialism, and what elements of representation do they engage? To what degree does modernism import older environmental ideas and remodel them as the bases of modernism? Does the relationship with colonizer and colonized feed off of biological metaphors of growth and decline, fashioning them as degeneration and regeneration? Although the continuing relevance of modernist practices may be asserted, papers should consider colonial situations established before 1950 rather than neo-colonial or post-colonial environments.
Broad interpretations of "the environmental imaginary" are encouraged, provided that they refer to specific issues within that broad spectrum. Submissions dealing with urban issues are also encouraged, in hopes that discussion of centers and peripheries might expand limited interpretations of environmental thought.
Because the Modernist Studies Association seeks to expand its interdisciplinarity, participants from diverse fields (Art and Architectural History, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Music, Planning, etc.) are encouraged to send abstracts for possible inclusion in this panel.
Respond with abstract and c.v. by Sunday, 21 April 2002.
E-mail responses preferred: send to JH48@swt.edu
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