Australian Modernist Studies Network Symposium
Modernism, Intimacy and Emotion
Hosted by the Writing and Society Research Group and the
School of Humanities and Languages, University of Western Sydney
Date: 6th – 7th February 2012
Venue: Grace Hotel, Sydney
Confirmed keynote: Professor Gail Jones (Writing and Society, University of Western Sydney); other keynote speakers to be advised.
The Australian Modernist Studies Network is pleased to invite proposals for its inaugural international symposium on the theme ‘Modernism, Intimacy and Emotion’. Since the special Critical Inquiry issue on ‘Intimacy’ edited by Lauren Berlant in 1998, there has been an increasing interest in the relationship between emotion and the aesthetic. Recent volumes include Rei Terada’s Feeling in Theory (2001), Brian Massumi’s Parables for the Virtual (2002), Sianne Ngai’s Ugly Feelings (2005), Patricia Ticineto Clough’s The Affective Turn (2007) and Jonathan Flatley’s Affective Mapping: Melancholia and the Politics of Modernism (2008). The topic has attracted a diverse range of critical approaches from areas including cultural studies, historicism, psychoanalysis and neuroscience. This conference explores the role of intimacy and emotion in modernist studies and welcomes papers from a wide range of disciplinary (e.g. literature, visual cultures, art history, philosophy, music), interdisciplinary and critical perspectives. Possible topics include:
o the representation of, and cultural values surrounding, emotion in modernism;
o the relationship between the body, the social sphere and modernist aesthetics;
o the critical and rhetorical registers of intimacy in modernist texts and practices;
o modernism and structures of feeling;
o the processes and aesthetics of attachment;
o the role of, and effect on, audience.
Please submit proposals of 300 words for individual papers or panels (involving 3 speakers) as Word attachments to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 August 2011.
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