CFP: Modern(ist) Weddings

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Call for Papers
January 3, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Women's & Gender History / Studies, Sexuality Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Journalism and Media Studies, Literature

Work on modern(ist) weddings is invited for a proposed panel at the Modernist Studies Association conference in Amsterdam (August 10-13, 2017). The following are some of the questions animating the proposal:

  • How did the wedding-as-event – and related figures such as the bride – transform in the first decades of the twentieth century?
  • In what ways did weddings express or counter the modernist impulse to innovate?
  • How were representations of weddings marked by fantasies about changing gendered and sexual subject positions?
  • What might images of modern weddings tell us about class and racial ambiguity?
  • Can genealogies of influence be traced between the modernist period and the so-called “wedding-industrial complex” of today?

The panel is envisioned as interdisciplinary and primarily concerned with the mediation of weddings, in genres that could include periodicals, conduct manuals, advertising, literature, visual art, film, and social scientific scholarship.

Please send a 150-word abstract, along with a 100-word scholarly biography, to Ilya Parkins ( by January 3. Feel free to contact Ilya with any questions in advance of the deadline. 

Contact Info: 

Ilya Parkins

Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies 

Associate Head, Cmmunity, Culture and Global Studies 

University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

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