Centre for Modern Studies Postgraduate Forum

Keynote Speaker: Professor Ian Gregory (Lancaster University)

Since the ‘spatial turn’ in 1970s, scholars, theorists, scientists, and intellectuals across the globe have been carving out new critical, theoretical, and methodological concepts to expand and redefine the scope of space. Inspired by the fantastic ways that space and modernity interact, scholars have been bringing new experiences and interpretations to understandings of spatial modernity or modern spatiality. The borders of modernities and spatiality blurred and the spark of inspirations flickered.

This poses exciting opportunities and challenges to the modern studies: What are ‘spatial modernities’ and how are they developed in and beyond humanities? How do the meanings and implications of space and the modern evolve across the global world? How does the physical and psychological modernity respond to these modernities? How do we define, clarify, complicate, and push the debate over the borders forward? How does the map work or fail in the mysterious unfamiliar place?

The principal aim of the conference is to encourage a robust, diverse, and interdisciplinary conversation on place, space, or map in the modern world. The CModS annual symposium invites proposals for 15-minute papers. We wish to push the limits of how we interpret and understand spatial modernity as a categorical term. As such, we welcome papers from scholars working in literature, archaeology, language and linguistics, philosophy, history, music, art, media, geography, and other fields. Some thematic prompts include, but are not limited to:

  • physical, metaphorical, embodied ways to explore modernity and space, place, and/or map
  • critical and creative approaches to the connection between modernity and space
  • time and space in modern studies
  • spaces and places of the future or fantastical spaces
  • commodification of place, space, and/or map
  • psychogeography and modernity
  • psychological, psychoanalytical and affective space
  • politics of place, space, or map (territory sovereignty, colonialism and empire, etc) 
  • space, place, and/or map & gender, sexuality, religion, race, migration, animal and environment