At the dawn of the twenty first century there is a growing consensus among artists, thinkers and critics that Western modernity is in the process of dissolution. Eurocentric, national, state-centered perspectives in art, culture and politics have been challenged at a fundamental level by previously marginal practices and forces: post-colonialism, feminism, postmodernism. Yet these narratives are themselves under strain as new configurations of political-economic crisis and global war stretch the boundaries of the global order. New, little understood forms of modernity are emerging that are fundamentally reshaping the way we make art, politics, culture and economics globally. This symposium will critically map this emerging landscape in the light of crucial questions posed in the Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009 exhibition.