Appel à contributions: Cultures of Belgian Space / Cultures de l’espace belge, 1850-1924 16-17 October 2020

Call for Papers / Appel à Contributions

 Cultures of Belgian Space / Cultures de l’espace belge, 1850-1924

16-17 October 2020

Kasteel d’Ursel/ d’Ursel Castle, Hingene, Belgium

 Keynote speaker: Patrick McGuinness (St Anne’s College, Oxford, UK)

Submission deadline: 15 March 2020

The second half of the nineteenth century witnessed the emergence of a modern city culture within a globalised economy, built on industrial mass production, an early consumer society, and colonial expansion. Both modernism and colonialism led to the creation of otherness. Non-industrial, pre-modern or exotic societies, and furthermore the racial, moral or female other were not just conceived in reaction to the emergence of modernism, but were also interiorised. Otherness, for example, surfaced in the modern world’s own pre-modern past as well as in the unconscious of the modern self, where the remains of the primitive lurked, as both a threat and a source of creativity and primeval meaning. These ambiguities at the very core of modernism continuously reconfigured the relationship between the public and private dimensions of the self, between domesticity and sociability. They equally affected the self-image and the (re)construction of the history of the modern nation states. Continuer la lecture de Appel à contributions: Cultures of Belgian Space / Cultures de l’espace belge, 1850-1924 16-17 October 2020

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