Rethinking the Avant-Garde: Between Politics and Aesthetics
South Bend, IN, April 2000
Rethinking the Avant-Garde: Between Politics and Aesthetics April 14-15, 2000 University of Notre Dame Call for Papers Deadline: November 30, 1999 ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: Attempts to construct expansive theories of Modernism have sometimes characterized the Avant-Garde as either purely concerned with aesthetics-some Modernist theorists have convicted it for being experimental for experimentation's sake-OR as void of aesthetic content and only concerned with political ramifications-certain dismissals of Duchamp's work, for example, are animated by charges of being merely anti-art (in a bad sense). We are looking for papers that negotiate between politics and aesthetics to provide a more nuanced investigation of the role of the Avant-Garde in re-evaluations of Modernism. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Martin Jay Marjorie Perloff Susan Rubin Suleiman Krzysztof Ziarek With responses from: Gerald L. Bruns Fred R. Dallmayr SUGGESTED TOPICS: While our focus will be on the historical Avant-Garde movements indigenous to Modernism (Italian and Russian Futurism, Constructivism, Dada, Imagism, Cubism, Vorticism, Négritude, and Surrealism), we encourage investigations that explode these boundaries, not only between "schools" but also between the modern/ post-modern divide. Possible topics and approaches might include: Women and/of the Avant-Garde Aesthetic re-negotiations of Race, Class, and Gender Intersections between High Modernism and the Avant-Garde Proletariat Literature vs. the Avant-Garde Marxism and vanguard art Post-structuralism and radical aesthetics Psychoanalysis and textuality Hermeneutics and the work of art Philosophical encounters with the Avant-Garde Studies of individual writers/artists SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: The Rethinking the Avant-Garde Conference will be held at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, April 14-15, 2000. Individual submitters are asked to send a 200-300 word abstract (by e-mail if possible). Panel proposals should consist of a brief synopsis of the thematic links between papers and should include abstracts for at least three presentations. Individual presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Non-submitters interested in chairing sessions should submit brief CVs highlighting areas of expertise. Please include postal address with submission. Send postal submissions to: James Hansen and Erich Hertz Department of English University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA Web: http://www.nd.edu/~ehertz/avantgarde.htm REGISTRATION: Registration materials and hotel information will be sent with confirmation of your acceptance. The conference offers a discount for graduate students. Fees: Regular Rate $50 Graduate Students $30 The conference is sponsored by the William and Hazel White Chair in English, the Keough Chair for Irish Studies, Packey Dee Chair of Government, Department of Gender Studies, Office of the Provost, Continental Philosophy and Literature Program, Department of German and Russian, and Department of English.