I will be participating in the “Modernity and Interdisciplinarity” seminar at the MSA 13 conference in October and now am in the throes of putting together the brief “white paper” required to participate. Â Here is the explanation of the seminar from its leader, Rebecca Colesworthy:
â€œModernity and Interdisciplinarityâ€
In recent years, critics have illuminated innumerable connectionsÂ between modernism in literature and the visual arts and innovations inÂ other disciplines. Â Yet their methods vary considerably: while someÂ adopt a definitional approach attuned to the history of disciplinaryÂ professionalization (see, e.g., Disciplining Modernism), others useÂ materialist frameworks, rooting ideological and aesthetic shifts inÂ changes in economic history (e.g., Esty, Wicke, Tratner). Â In responseÂ to the widely acknowledged difficulty of establishing a common groundÂ for interdisciplinary analysis, this seminar will focus not on drawingÂ interdisciplinary connections per se but on questioning and
elaborating the theoretical and historical grounds on which suchÂ connections areâ€”and might beâ€”made.
My paper will focus on how network theory, developed by social scientists in the 1950s can be useful for scholars interested in mapping the networks of social relationships between images and texts and their subjects and contexts in ekphrastic poetry.