We are inviting papers for the panel on Balkan Modernisms at the upcoming Modernist Studies Association annual convention, Tusla, Olkahoma.
It is with scant archival or documentation support that researchers in Balkan modernisms approach their topic. The area has reclaimed its modernist heritage only recently and the long neglect has taken its toll. Already hampered by the linguistic, cultural, and political division of this vibrant geo-cultural space, the scholarly work on Balkan modernisms has been additionally hindered by the disappearance of literary magazines, leaflets, books, collages, programs, and other documents that may testify to the modernist activities in the Balkans. Conditioned by foreign and domestic cultural politics, the vanishing of the traces of Balkan modernisms often went hand in hand with the disappearance and change of political systems. The diverse manifestations of modernism in the Balkans and the marked lack of record thereof demand scholarly attention. This panel examines the silenced modernist spaces of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey, and the former Yugoslavia. We are interested in documented and undocumented traces of Balkan modernisms—personal archives, legacies, journals, bans and declarations, as well as alternative artistic activities (café-culture, performances, and so forth). It is our aim to reflect on the history of cultural omissions as we bring to light the modernist space of the Balkans.
Please send one page abstracts and brief vitas to Sanja Bahun-Radunovic (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 25, 2006.
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