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Samuel Coggeshall (History) and Francisco Lara-Garcia (Sociology), “Restoring Interdisciplinarity to the Study of the Interwar Avant-Garde”

September 19, 2017
4:00-5:00 pm: Presentation 5:00-6:00 pm: Reception & Food


Lindsay Rogers Room (Room 707) 7th Floor International Affairs Building

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Summary: “Representatives of the interwar modernist avant-garde not only worked across various artistic disciplines and in different media — they often viewed their artistic practice as direct interventions in other fields of human experience. These interventions were to be informed by knowledge derived from emerging scientific and humanistic disciplines, and were premised upon the possibility (and desirability) of interdisciplinary synthetic knowledge. Given this interdisciplinary starting point, the study of the interwar avant-garde would benefit from the application of methodologies from those fields in which their projects sought originally to intervene. This paper will offer four example case studies of how this might be done in the present, in sociology, education, medicine, and psychology.

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