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CALL. 01.07.2016: Modernist Fragmentation and After - International Postgraduate Conference - Prince



LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Kay Gabriel (Princeton University); Talitha Kearey (University of Cambridge)

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We invite proposals for papers for a conference on modernist tropes of fragmentation, to be held at Princeton University, September 29-30, 2016.

This conference seeks to address the historical circumstances that rendered fragmentation a dominant aesthetic and analytic mode of modernist engagements with Greek and Roman antiquity. We aim to foster cross-disciplinary investigations into this complex history, and invite abstracts from graduate researchers in Classics, English, Comparative Literature, Modern Languages, History, Architecture, Art History, and related disciplines. We also seek abstracts from practising artists. Possible approaches might include (but are not limited to): * Case studies of concrete instances of this engagement in literature, the performing arts, and visual and material media * Theoretical approaches exploring modernist fragmentation as an aesthetic trope * The historical development of modernist fragmentation from its prehistory in Romanticism, other aesthetic movements of the 19th century, and/or Early Modern interest in classical civilisations * Meditations on the transformations of this trope in postmodernist poetics and aesthetics * Papers from practising artists in various disciplines exploring their own engagement with modernist fragmentation, and illuminating dynamics of fragmentation in the history and practice of a given artistic medium. Abstracts for papers of 20 minutes should be sent to by NO LATER THAN JULY 1ST. They should be no longer than 300 words, and be attached in .pdf or .doc format. Please ensure that they contain no identifying information. Questions should be addressed to the conference organisers, Kay Gabriel ( and Talitha Kearey (

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