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Faculty Coordinators: Cristanne Miller (English) and Damien Keane (English)

“Modernism” is a theoretical and field designator, representing both a time period and the innovative aesthetics primarily identified with that time period, in the fields of visual arts, music, architecture, literature, dance, theater, and film—which is to say in every field of creative endeavor. Not coincidentally, this was a time of tremendous political upheaval and technological invention worldwide—that is, a period in which both daily life and cultural/social life underwent dramatic change. The Modernist Studies Association has an international membership of around a thousand, and there is a prestigious journal devoted to this field—titled in a way that embraces the Janus-face of time period and aesthetic: “Modernism/Modernity.” While this field can be defined in relation to aesthetics as extending all the way up to the present, typically it designates the period between the 1890s and the 1950s or ’60s. The relationship between nineteenth-century aesthetics and social mores and those of the early twentieth century, as also between “modernism” and “post-modernism,” remain areas of active debate. With the title “Modernisms,” we seek to include faculty and graduate students working in all aspects (and in any geographical location) of this period, which revolutionized the arts, aesthetics, design, and life in ways still influencing criticism, historical analysis, and creative work in the twenty-first century.


Fall 2016

Thursday, September 22, 4:30pm

1032 Clemens Hall

Friday, October 14, 3:30pm

306 Clemens Hall
Lecture by Stephen Decatur Smith (Stonybrook, Music & Theory)

Friday, November 11, 12-1:30pm

318 Clemens Hall
Damien Keane
Work-in-progress session

Tuesday, November 15, 4pm

318 Clemens Hall
MSA Panel Proposal Workshop (2017-Amsterdam, 2018-Columbus, OH)
Workshop for grad students

Friday, December 2, 12-1:30pm

318 Clemens Hall
Nick Wasmoen
Work-in-progress session

Spring 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 5pm
420 Capen Hall
Susan Weil
James Joyce: Shut Your Eyes and See”

Tuesday, February 23, 3:30pm
420 Capen Hall
David Weir
“Susan Weil: James Joyce and the Uncommon Reader”

Friday, March 25, 12-1:30pm
318 Clemens Hall
Reading: Jessica Pressman’s Digital Modernisms (2014)

Friday, April 8, 2-5pm
First Annual Robert Creeley Lecture
Nathaniel Mackey

Thursday, May 5, 2-3:30pm
Location TBA
Libby Otto, Art

Fall 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 11:30am
318 Clemens Hall
Justin Read, RLL
Work in Progress Discussion
“The Modernization of Air: Buenos Aires in the 1930’s”

Monday, November 9, 6pm
Darwin Martin House’s Greatbatch Pavilion (125 Jewett Pkwy)
Martino Stierli, MoMA
The Visuality of Space and the Space of Vision: On Mies van der Rohe’s Photomontages”

Monday, November 23, 4:30pm
306 Clemens Hall
Benjamin Kahan
“Towards an Etiological History of Modernist Sexuality”