Call for Papers, Modernism and Global Media

Modernist Studies Association Conference,

November 13-16, 2008, Nashville/TN



Panel on

Transmediality: Aesthetics, Ideas, Paradigms


In recent years, media studies, narratology, art history, and philosophy discovered the significance of transmediality as a conceptual tool to describe mutual influences of medial formats. While intermediality usually focuses on the products of connections between media, transmediality refers to an open, multi-directional process. The display of this process exposes the original media in moments of transformation and evokes new aesthetic constellations. As opposed to intermedial works of art, which often hide their medial nature and present themselves as an 'immediate' reality, transmedial aesthetics generate self-reflection.


This panel will focus on medial relations in 20th/21st century literature and art that lead to new aesthetic results by displaying their mediality. Papers will discuss the typology of medial interactions and help to differentiate between the competing and complementing notions of, for example, transmediality, intermediality, remediation, and adaptation. In accordance with the panel's subject, presentations will be committed to an interdisciplinary approach and seek to emphasize processes between different media (including 'traditional' media such as texts, movies, photos, paintings, and music, as well as less conventional media, like the human body, actions, cloth, food, trash, etc. as they act as medial "material" of artistic creation).


Possible topics include:


- Processes between texts and photographs

- Processes between texts and a) movies; b) architecture; c) music; d) paintings; etc.

- Concrete and visual poetry; poetry/texts and fine arts

- Environments and installations

- Collage as a genre

- Performance Art and Performing Arts

- Public space and art; cities as artworks

- Narratology: the remediation of stories

- Digital art and digital literature

- Avant-garde- and neo-avant-garde movements

- Individual painters, directors, composers, and writers, for example H. H÷ch, G. Richter, A. Kluge, W. Allen, J. Cage, W.G. Sebald, R.D. Brinkmann, E. Williams, W. Burroughs, Nam June Paik, M. AbramowiŠ etc....



Please send your 250 word paper proposal to Christoph Zeller, Vanderbilt University, [log in to unmask]

by May 1st, 2008