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Call for Papers: ’Spatial Modernities: Mapping the Physical and Psychological World’ Symposium

Thursday 13 May 2021, 9.00AM to 14 May

Speaker(s): Professor Robert Tally (Texas State University) and Professor Ian Gregory (Lancaster University)

Since the ‘spatial turn’ in the 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 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 modern studies: What is ‘spatial modernity’ and how is it developed in and beyond humanities? How do the meanings and implications of space and modern evolve across the global world? How do the physical and psychological realms respond to the modernities? How do we define, complicate, and push the debate over the borders forward? 

The principle aim of this conference is to encourage a robust, diverse, and interdisciplinary conversation on place, space, or map in the modern world. We encourage physical or material perspectives on architecture, geography, landscape, territory, region, area, and city, discussions on the invisible, imaginative, and psychological worlds, and conversations about the roles of maps in the modern era. 

This conference was originally scheduled for May 2020. The 2021 conference will be held remotely and will include papers submitted in 2020 as well as new submissions. 

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 in outer space
  • commodification of place, space, and/or map
  • psychogeography and modernity
  • 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 

We welcome proposals from postgraduates and ECRs. Please send an abstract (300-500 words) along with a brief bio (100 words) to ( by 20 March 2021. Queries can be directed to this email address also. We are open to receiving standard presentations as well as non-traditional forms of participation. 

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Location: Online