Modernism and Postmodernism Studies Conference 2020

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Call for Papers
July 23, 2020 to July 24, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Digital Humanities, Literature, Philosophy, Sociology

Due to the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 pandemic and considering the continuation and repetition of the travel restrictions, the organising committee of Modernism and Postmodernism Studies Conference has decided to move the conference which was planned to be held in October at Kocaeli University, to an earlier date and to change the on-site presentations into live-stream presentations for once. Future conferences will be conventional. 

It is a major challenge to define "modernism" and "postmodernism", due to the diversity of meanings in their nature, which are two concepts that we frequently use while trying to understand and explain the thinking and the life of today's people. At the core of this diversity lie the different approaches of disciplines, with broad temporal and spatial inclusiveness. First of all, even though it is possible to find its origins in the questioning attitude of Ancient Greek philosophy, the Renaissance and Enlightenment were the main incubation periods of modernism, emphasizing reason and science instead of dogmas. However, the post-1850 period and early twentieth century were productive eras when the concept began to be used frequently. As a result of artistic experiments and new aesthetic searches in expression, understanding, defining and trying to describe the “modern” has been one of the main aims of the world of thought and art. Nevertheless, the differentiation in thought and practice after the Second World War resulted in the claim that a “postmodern” prescription should be written on the grounds that modernity does not answer the questions of today's people. Postmodernism, which changes the way people perceive themselves and nature, and determines it as an object of consumption, and which is known with basic instruments such as globalization, has been one of the last "movements" to define / to be entitled to define today's universe of thought. However, it should not be forgotten that even postmodernism has been consumed in the post millennium period, which is also called the speed age. In parallel, movements with new "ism"s, "post-post-" theories, "meta-" definitions, "digi-" processes and many alternatives are put forward. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic, the global actor today bringing new problems together with requiring new untested solutions, will radically challenge the aforementioned movements, theories, definitions, processes and alternatives.

“Modernism and Postmodernism Studies Conference 2020” organized by Kocaeli University Western Languages and Literatures Department in collaboration with Modernism and Postmodernism Studies Network in Turkey is an international peer-reviewed event, and since it will examine these concepts with a comprehensive interdisciplinary perspective in Turkey, it is a first in the field. It is open to studies especially from disciplines such as Literature, Philosophy, Sociology, Fine Arts and other relevant disciplines. The topics may include, but are not limited to: modernism, modernity, modern, modernization, modernist; postmodernism, postmodernity, postmodern, postmodernization, and postmodernist. One of the goals of the Conference is also to include studies discussing new projections and new conceptualisations on 21st century problems after COVID-19 pandemic. As long as related to the mentioned concepts, other topics are also welcomed.

Abstracts are accepted by the Conference Scientific / Referee Board at the end of a double-blind referee evaluation process and accepted papers will be announced on the specified date. Once the (double-blind) peer-review process ends, the papers will be published in the "Modernism and Postmodernism Studies Journal” in a special issue. In addition, these articles will be given a free DOI number to increase international scientific recognition and visibility.

Abstracts should consist of maximum 300 words including the keywords. The deadline for submissions is May 31st, 2020, and should be sent with a short biography to                            


Contact Info: 

Murat Kadiroğlu, Head of the Organising Committee