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Modernism and Empathy:
An International and Interdisciplinary Conference

Date: 15 - 16 June 2018

Venue: The Education University of Hong Kong, Tai Po, N.T., HK

Theme: Modernism and Empathy


This is the inaugural conference of the Modernist Studies in Asia (MSIA) network. This network was established in 2017 to provide a regional hub for scholars of modernist studies within Asia. A central aim of the network is to facilitate a gathering of international modernist scholars on an annual basis and in a variety of Asian universities and contexts. Our first conference is jointly supported by the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies and the Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities (CPCH) at the Education University of Hong Kong.

Building on emerging interests in affect, cognitive literary studies and the ethics of care, this conference sets out to examine the alignments/antagonisms between modernism and empathy in multiple ways. It further aims to stimulate discussion around the vexed question of the moral efficacy of empathetic understanding where modernist writing and its imagined readers are concerned.

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