Modernist Studies Association Conference 2017

Modernism Today

10Aug2017 13Aug2017


In 2017 the Modernist Studies Associaton conference will be held for the first time in Europe with about 500 participants.

We will use this occasion to tackle head-on Modernism’s relation to our present. What does Modernism mean to us today – to us as cultural consumers, as scholarly observers, and as active participants in its projects? Modernism’s own explicit self-identification with the ever-shifting present – “il faut être absolument moderne”, “make it new”, etc. – has always tugged at its historical moorings and resisted standard attempts at periodization. It has challenged us repeatedly to redefine and reconsider the meaning of the term “modernism,” as well as to engage in endless debates about its scope, its internal coherence, and its purview.                           

Keynote speakers

Boris Groys (10 August 2017, 18:00-19:15), Paula Rabinowitz (11 August, 15:45-17:00), and Siegfried Zielinski (12 August, 18:45-20:00).


Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

More information

ASH members are welcome to attend the keynote lectures and other events during the conference. If you would like to participate please contact Rudolph Glitz ( or Gregor Langfeld (

Published by  Amsterdam School of Historical Studies