WEBSITE The Culture of Suburbs

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The Leverhulme Trust funded Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network is pleased to announce the launch of its new website at
http://suburbs.exeter.ac.uk

The Network is a partnership between the Universities of Exeter and Kingston (UK), Witwatersrand (South Africa), Hofstra (USA), Griffith (Australia) and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. It aims to further the scholarly, professional and public understanding of the cultures of the modern (post-1900) suburbs through international and interdisciplinary research. Launched in 2011, the project’s interests are transhistorical, international and cross-disciplinary. The Network facilitates research, organises events and conferences and fosters collaboration between scholars, community groups, professionals and other interested parties.

The website is an important feature of the Network and hosts a wealth of online information about suburban cultural studies for scholars, professional groups and local communities.
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CfP: Peripheral Modernisms International Conference 23.03.2012, London

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Peripheral Modernisms International Conference

23 March 2012

Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies,
School of Advanced Study, University of London

The last decade has witnessed renewed scholarly interest in modernist and avant-garde studies. The study of Modernism as a global phenomenon and the exploration of the links between modernity and postcoloniality constitute some of the distinctive features of this new scholarship. As a fitting end to the decade, the 2010 Modernist Studies Association Conference proposed to appraise Modernism’s ‘claims to globality’ by re-examining transnational ‘Modernist Networks’. However, the resurgence of modernist studies invites a re-examination of the cultural and aesthetic complexities of the early twentieth century that revisits the notions of ‘peripheral modernities’ introduced by Harootunian in 2000. Benita Parry further argued in 2009 that the notion of periphery extends to a larger geo-political expanse than the colonized regions under global capitalism and that Harootunian’s concept should include such regions as Eastern and Middle Europe and the Mediterranean. Continue reading CfP: Peripheral Modernisms International Conference 23.03.2012, London