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RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelExamining the Avant Garde
BeschreibungCall for Papers:
Examining the Avant Garde

Ann Arbor, October 16 and 17, 2008

Closing date: July 15th, 2008

A Graduate Conference
October 16 and 17, 2008
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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What is the avant garde? Does it have an expiration date? Peter Bürger and others have argued that avant garde movements such as Dadaism, Futurism, Constructivism, and Surrealism responded to and broke with what was deemed a socially and politically detached art establishment. According to the avant gardes themselves, both left and right, this brief period in the early 20th century was marked by its revolutionary potential. Through the performative language of the manifesto and the radical mixing of styles and media, the avant gardes articulated their positions on political modernity and aesthetic modernism as acts of rupture and renewal. Detached from these specific movements, though, the term avant garde stands not so much for a particular aesthetic engagement as it does for an inquiry into art’s social function and political potential, an acknowledgement of art’s historicity, representational and medial experimentation, and the possibility of renewal. In this conference we propose to explore this extremely rich terrain called “avant garde” by examining the genealogy and construction of the historical phenomena and considering the possibility of vanguardist positions now
in the European context, with particular attention to the German-speaking countries.

We invite graduate students from all disciplines to submit proposals for 20-minute papers exploring the meaning, origins, and afterlife of the avant garde, as well as its epistemological and critical potential. Possible topics include:

• The history and meanings of “autonomous” and “engaged” art
• Proto-avant gardes
• Reconsiderations of the historical avant garde
• The relationship between the avant garde, modernism, and postmodernism
• Contemporary concepts of the relation between the aesthetic and the political
• Neo-avant garde and counter-avant garde forms
• Recuperations of the avant garde in contemporary art and letters
• Avant garde/vanguardism through the lens of gender, race, sexuality
• Avant garde, art-historical knowledge, and the processes of canon-formation

Forward abstracts of no more than 300 words in English to by July 15th, 2008.

Ela Eylem Gezen
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
University of Michigan
3110 MLB
812 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1275

"The end is the beginning and lies far ahead" - Ralph Ellison
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortAnn Arbor
PersonName: Gezen, Ela Eylem  
Funktion: Ansprechpartnerin 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan, 3110 MLB 
Strasse/Postfach: 812 E. Washington Street 
Postleitzahl: MI 48109-1275 
Stadt: Ann Arbor 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur 1880 - 1945
Klassifikation17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte
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