Call for Papers: Modern
and Postmodern Artistic Avant-Gardes.
sixth annual Literature and Humanities Conference will be held at Eastern
Mediterranean University as part of Inscriptions in the Sand, an Arts and
Culture festival taking place at the university and environs between May 30th
and June 1st 2003. In conjunction
with a wide selection of music, performance and film events, discussion-
friendly papers are being solicited for our symposium. Although we will be publishing selected
presentations from Inscriptions in the Sand, we encourage participants to
move away from the standard prewritten, “finished paper” format, towards a more
open-ended presentation, which will provoke and contribute to a genuine exchange
of research and ideas during the panel sessions. Our aim is to create a forum
and publishing venue for inspiring work in progress, where the exchange of ideas
with fellow academics participating in the conference will contribute to the
final form of participants’ work.
With this in mind, we invite
papers and/or presentations that examine, elucidate and/or challenge the notion
of modern and postmodern artistic avant-gardes. Possible topics might include
but are not limited to:
the avant-garde in exhibition
the avant-garde: a Modernist Myth?
temporality in the postmodern moment.
the ‘future’ of the term “avant-garde” in an era of narrative
gender strategies in postmodern narrative
AIDS and ‘the death of the author’
memory and textual recall
real to reel: race, sex and class in avant-garde
multi-cultural identities as represented by the contemporary
Lyotard, Baudrillard, Jameson: who writes the contemporary avant-garde, critical
vs. Lyotard: the role of history in formulating a modern/postmodern
and the birth of the modern avant-garde
Joyce, Beckett, Kafka: the last modernists or first
and Bowie: the genesis of avant-garde cinema and
Auster, Palahniuk: postmodern American narratives
Fuller: the missing link?
Surrealism, Bauhaus, Dada, Bloomsbury, Situationists,
the tension between the notion of
avant-garde as creative practice and the critical concept of “The avant-garde” as a
gender and the avant-garde
avant-garde commentary, including Peter Bürger, Raymond Williams, Renato
Heaven-Hell: whither Paul Klee's “Angelus Novus?”
or the current state of ‘Derridean Play?’
Brecht, Lukacs, Benjamin and after After the Great
Papers are also welcomed on
individual modernist/postmodernist artists.
Please send 250 word
abstracts by 30 October 2002 to: