WACANA SENI is now calling for articles to be submitted for WACANA SENI's SPECIAL ISSUE to be published in 2014.
We invite scholarly papers that examine the artistic and cultural modernities in Southeast Asia to be published in a special issue of Wacana Seni, Journal of Arts Discourse and guest edited by Sarena Abdullah and Izmer Ahmad. While classical theories such as those represented by Durkheim, Weber and Marx had prophesized the universalization of modernism, the global and transcultural characters that modernism has brought upon itself has consequently produced multiplicity of modernities. The appropriation and mutation of modernity by Africans, Arabs, Indians, Asians, etc. do not simply indicate westernization but rather an active participation in the construction of modernism by non-European sources. This particular juncture in the narrative of modernism has been termed “alternative modernities” (Phillip Goankar) and, in another instance, “multi-modernism” (Jim Supangkat). Both argue for non-European modernisms to be contextualized, articulated and theorized within their specific historicity. Modernism in this sense is not simply a telos of mankind that begets a universal cultural and intellectual form but rather one has to come to terms with the multiplicity of modernisms that can only be interrogated from specific national and cultural sites. This SPECIAL ISSUE of Wacana Seni endeavours to extend the aforementioned debate by systematically bringing together critical investigations on Southeast Asian modernisms. We invite submissions on research areas from art, design and architectural history, and also papers that deal with these interests in visual culture and Malaysian studies, all of which will trace the history of modernities in the Southeast Asian region where cultural modernity has been multiplied and pluralized. Discussions and analyses can be framed either at national or supra national level. We encourage submissions of papers that highlight and/or problematize the disjunction, deviation or demarcation from the classical framework of modernism. The objective of the analyses of this SPECIAL ISSUE is to understand modernism as a discursive formation, an "Incomplete Project" (Jurgen Habermas) that continues to be 'under-construction’ in Southeast Asia.
Abstract due: 30th July 2013
Paper due: 31st December 2013
Guidelines of the journal can be attained at http://wacanaseni.usm.my/, however due to the this special issue planned for 2014, all interests, enquiries and papers should be emailed prior to the Guest Editors at:
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