This call for papers has now closed, details of the conference can be found on this page.
We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for contributions to the closing event of the AHRC Metamodernism Research Network: Glocal Metamodernisms Conference at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Combining in person and online presentations, this event will be held on the 27th and 28th of April 2023.
This event is sponsored by the AHRC Metamodernism Research Network, an interdisciplinary network of scholars in literary, media, social, religious, and cultural studies that has convened since 2018. Members include participants from the UK, the Netherlands, and the United States, as well as Finland, South Africa, Canada, Japan, Russia, Australia, Germany, China, Belgium, Sweden, and Poland. As part of its 2023 offerings, the AHRC will host events in two of these countries. The Jyväskylä Metamodernism Conference will look to bring together researchers from the above areas of study along with independent scholars, artists/performers, and cultural critics.
Often defined as a ‘structure of feeling’, metamodernism describes a range of emerging cultural trends. According to Robin van den Akker and Timotheus Vermeulen, this ‘structure of feeling’ situates itself epistemologically with (post) modernism, ontologically between (post) modernism, and historically beyond (post) modernism. This event will explore metamodernism as a possible alternative to post-postmodernism through the examination of visual arts, communications, film, television, literature, poetry, spirituality, advertising, and more. Across all disciplines, metamodern works can be understood as those that engage the conflicts between modern and postmodern sensibilities, or that re-engage modernist sensibilities in a fresh, post-millennial way. These conflicts typically include a noticeable oscillation between modern enthusiasm and postmodern irony, hope and melancholy, sincerity and cynicism, naïveté and knowingness, unity and plurality, empathy and apathy, totality and fragmentation, purity and ambiguity, meaning and doubt, sense and absurdity.
The Jyväskylä Metamodernism Conference welcomes a wide range of papers on metamodernism but particularly focuses on glocal perspectives on metamodernism, as well as topics relating to marginality versus centrality in a metamodern context. Key questions include, but are not limited to:
What kind of local variations of metamodernism have emerged?
- How do different local cultural histories and contexts affect expressions and views of metamodernism?
- What are the cultural, geographical, or national limitations or caveats of the metamodernist hypothesis?
- What emergent features of contemporary culture have been overlooked by metamodernist theory or challenge us to complement the theory of metamodernism?
The conference will consist of three parts:
- Keynote lectures
- A symposium (or parallel sessions) of papers presented in a meaningful and useful way to fellow scholars while still being accessible and interesting to a general audience.
- An art exhibition opening and dinner/meeting/discussion for participants
(Registration fee to be advised)
We plan for this to be a hybrid event in the sense that online participation will be possible. Should there be
more submissions than we can accommodate preference may be given to proposals from those who can present in person.
We are also pleased to announce the possibility of some ECR bursaries to help support the Jyväskylä event in April 2023. For more information contact A.Rowland@mmu.ac.uk
Proposals for individual papers should be submitted in the form of an abstract of 200-300 words. Presentations for the event should aim to be roughly 15–20-minutes in length. Proposals should be submitted no later than January 15, 2023.
Please state whether you intend to participate in-person or not.
Please include a short biographical paragraph of no more than 150 words.
All submission should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All authors accepted for the conference will be notified by February 15, 2023.
Organizing committee: Mika Hallila (chair), Salli Anttonen, Marjo Hallila, Anna Helle, Heta Marttinen, Kasimir Sandbacka
AHRC Metamodernism Board:
Antony Rowland, Manchester Metropolitan University
Usha Wilbers, Radboud University
Dennis Kersten, Radboud University
We are pleased to announce the keynote speakers for this conference:
Timotheus Vermeulen (University of Oslo, Norway)
Robin van den Akker (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Antony Rowland (Manchester Metropolitan University, Great Britain)
Kristina Malmio (University of Helsinki, Finland)