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Call for Papers: Intimate with Modernism. Workshop for PhD Students, May 9th 2022

Forum Modernism at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University, is pleased to announce the symposium "Intimate with Modernism". A panel discussion between modernist scholars Bryony Randall (University of Glasgow), Jane Goldman (University of Glasgow), Elsa Högberg (Uppsala University) and Axel Englund (Stockholm University), will be followed by a workshop on the concept of modernism for PhD students, to which we now invite proposals.

Paul Cézanne, Les Grandes Baigneuses, Wikimedia Commons.

It is an indication of the versatility of modernism that it has been defined in such a vast variety of ways: historical, aesthetic, ideological and otherwise. Texts ranging from 19th-century novels to 21st-century digital poetry have been characterized as modernist, and the term has been applied to primitivist rejections of modernity as well as manifestos celebrating human progress and technological advancement. The concept, then, is elusive – perhaps to the point of nebulousness. How can this flexibility and complexity be utilized with precision in academic discourse? How, in short, can we become intimate with modernism?

Such questions will be explored in a collaborative workshop bringing together PhD students researching modernist literature with experts in the field. We invite contributions reflecting on the relation between the participant’s dissertation project and the concept of modernism.

The workshop will take place on the afternoon of 9th May 2022, forming the second half of the one-day symposium and succeeding a morning panel discussion between the four senior researchers, in which they talk about their current work on modernism as well as their contributions to the recent anthology Modernist Intimacies (ed. Elsa Högberg, Edinburgh University Press, 2021).

We invite abstracts for short papers foregrounding the concept of modernism and its role in the applicant's dissertation project. The selected participants will submit their own papers and read each other's (about eight in total) in advance of the workshop, preparing questions and reflections to facilitate discussion.

The symposium includes two coffees and one lunch, free of charge for participants.

Deadline for abstracts (200-300 words, including a short bio): February 14th 2022.
Deadline for accepted workshop papers (3-5 pages): 25th April 2022.
Please email submissions (both as doc and pdf) and any questions to