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>From: "Sanja Bahun-Radunovic" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: The Avant-Garde and the Margin (4/20/05; MSA, 11/3/05-11/6/05)
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>Modernist Studies Association 7th Annual Conference
>November 3-6, 2005
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>Chicago, Illinois
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>Proposed panel: =93The Avant-Garde and the Margin=94
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>*deadline for proposals: April 20th 2005
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>It may be argued that the redefining of the relations between the center =
>and the margin was at the heart of the modernist project; nowhere was it =
>more conspicuous than in the avant-garde movements. The =93geographic=94 =
>effect of this principle was an emphatic internationalization of the =
>avant-garde activity. The multifaceted relations established between the =
>=93centers=94 of the avant-garde activity (Paris, Berlin, Z=FCrich, =
>London, New York, and so on) and their counterparts in the cultural =
>=93periphery=94 (Buenos Aires, Athens, Bucharest, Cairo, Tokyo, Belgrade =
>and others) engendered unique artistic and literary dialogues. The =
>=93periphery=94 groupings most often transformed the avant-garde project =
>in an attempt to express the specificities of their own cultural and =
>politico-historical positions; in turn, they =93exported=94 their =
>version of a movement back to the center, thus initiating a complex =
>process of artistic reflecting and refracting. Some movements appeared =
>simultaneously in cultural centers and at seemingly marginal locations. =
>Yet others originated in the =93periphery=94 and metamorphized in their =
>search for a =93center.=94 A large portion of avant-garde movements, =
>however, remained fixed in the cultural suburbia, energized precisely by =
>this minority-position. The process of rediscovery of such movements is =
>still slow.=20
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>We invite the proposals that address the interaction between the =
>=93center=94 and the =93margin,=94 either through a specific exploration =
>of a movement (dadaism, surrealism, expressionism, etc.) in a =
>=93cultural suburbia=94 and its relation to a =93center=94 or through a =
>conceptualization of the general dynamic of the margin and the =
>=93center=94 in the avant-garde. While the papers exploring the =
>reciprocity of influences or arguing for the power of the =93cultural =
>suburbia=94 are particularly welcome, we would also like to encourage =
>the submission of the papers that reinterpret the known predicaments of =
>the so-called =93small literatures=94=97belatedness, the complex of =
>mirroring, anxiety of authenticity, political misappropriations, and so =
>forth. This panel ultimately aims to incite a wide discussion about the =
>dynamic of the center and the margin in the avant-garde.   =20
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>Please send a 300 word abstract together with a brief CV to Sanja =
>Bahun-Radunovic and Marinos Pourgouris at [log in to unmask] The =
>deadline for submissions is April 20th 2005.

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