Call for Papers: Modern and Postmodern Artistic Avant-Gardes.
The 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?
-           “Avant/Après:” temporality in the postmodern moment.
-           the ‘future’ of the term “avant-garde” in an era of narrative amelioration
-           gender strategies in postmodern narrative
-           Foucault, AIDS and ‘the death of the author’
-           Modernist memory and textual recall
-           negotiating postmodern praxis
-           real to reel: race, sex and class in avant-garde cinema
-           multi-cultural identities as represented by the contemporary avant-garde
-           Adorno, Lyotard, Baudrillard, Jameson: who writes the contemporary avant-garde, critical cannon?
-           Jameson vs. Lyotard: the role of history in formulating a modern/postmodern axis
-           Baudelaire and the birth of the modern avant-garde
-           Joyce, Beckett, Kafka: the last modernists or first postmodernists?
-           Hitchcock and Bowie: the genesis of avant-garde cinema and music
-           Pynchon, Auster, Palahniuk: postmodern American narratives
-           Buckminster Fuller: the missing link?
-           movements: Surrealism, Bauhaus, Dada, Bloomsbury, Situationists, Cubism.
-           the tension between the notion of  avant-garde as creative practice and the critical concept of  “The avant-garde” as a movement.
-           Anglo-American/French-European avant-garde cultures
-           gender and the avant-garde
-           avant-garde commentary, including Peter Bürger, Raymond Williams, Renato Poggioli
-           ascending-Descending, Heaven-Hell: whither Paul Klee's “Angelus Novus?”
-           gaming? or the current state of ‘Derridean Play?’
-           Adorno, Brecht, Lukacs, Benjamin and after After the Great Divide
Papers are also welcomed on individual modernist/postmodernist artists. Suggestions:
Bill Viola
Tracey Emin
Damien Hirst
Marina Abramovic
Robert Mapplethorpe
Philip Glass
Pierre Boulez
Lauri Anderson
Please send 250 word abstracts by 30 October 2002 to:
 [log in to unmask]  or [log in to unmask] 
and please visit for more information.