>From: "Taryn L. Okuma" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Archiving Violence: History, Modernism, and War
>(4/30/06; MSA 8, 10/19/06-10/22/06)
>Modernist Studies Association 8 (2006)
>October 19-22, 2006, Tulsa, OK
>Paper proposals are invited for a proposed panel:
>"Archiving Violence": History, Modernism, and War
>By "archiving violence" via artistic representation, modernist war
>artists were engaged in the negotiation of a way to remember and
>represent war as a specific historical event. In doing so, they sought
>ways to locate particular wars among other wars, or as a singular
>"disaster" that must be considered in relationship to other "disasters."
>Yet, for these artists, the very ability to represent war is called into
>question by its violence. As a result, the problem that these artists
>highlight is one of representing unrepresentable violence or events.
>This panel will consider how modernist artists attempted to define and
>understand the violence of war by complicating notions of who commits
>violence, who suffers as a result of violence, and where violence takes
>place. Of particular interest are modernist works that represent and
>thus, in a sense, "archive" war by radically revising the individuals,
>events, and ideas that are important to an understanding of the war.
>These works make explicit the tensions between attention and distraction
>that are central to determining which experiences are marginalized, who
>is an "actor" in history, and who has the authority to record history.
>As such, modernist depictions of violence contribute to the
>destabilization of fixed identity categories, emerging out of challenges
>to myths such as "The Good War," the identifiable enemy, and even the
>category of "the witness," as well as exposing the shifting and porous
>boundaries between home and the battlefield, the domestic and foreign.
>By considering the production of war art as an engagement with
>history-making, the panel seeks to discuss the ways in which modernist
>artists redefine, re-present, and record notions of history, nation,
>self, and other through the artistic imagining of war and its violence.
>Please send a maximum 250-word abstract by April 30 to Taryn L. Okuma
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