Recent years have seen a proliferation of exciting and innovative collaborative work in the field of modernist studies. Such collaboration has made new kinds of projects possible, has fostered new communities across interdisciplinary and international lines, and has also brought new challenges. This two-day colloquium, to be held at Franklin University Switzerland in June 2015, engages with some of the key questions and concerns emerging from collaborative practices. We invite proposals for papers and workshops on any aspect of modernist collaboration from literary and interdisciplinary scholars, creative and performing artists, publishers, and librarians. We welcome papers that approach the theme of collaboration from various vantage points, including, but not limited to:
- How did the modernists themselves collaborate? We welcome discussions of collaborative publishing projects, journals, artistic communities, and other creative and commercial collaborations during the modernist period.
- How did meanings of the word “collaboration” develop and diverge in the period? We invite work on collaboration as “united labour” as well as on the new, primarily negative, political connotations of the word in the context of war.
- What are our own methods, approaches, and experiences of collaboration? We are particularly interested in perspectives on the use of new technology, on the institutionalisation of collaboration as a research model, on collaboration at a distance, on questions of authorship, crediting, and access, and on how collaboration has made new projects possible.
Keynote Speaker: Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)
Dates: Friday June 5th and Saturday June 6th 2015
Please submit a 500 words position paper in response to the conference theme and a brief biographical description to firstname.lastname@example.org by 13th February 2015. Early career researchers and postgraduate students should indicate along with their submissions if they would like to be considered for travel funding.