>From: Peter Davies <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: The European Fin de Siècle: Gender, Nation, Race
>CALL FOR PAPERS
>The European Fin de Siècle: Gender, Nation, Race
>Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, London, 8-9 December 2006
>The European fin de siècle has been the focus for a series of ongoing
>controversies on the nature of Modernity and the origins of Modernism.
>For a long time associated with decadence and decline and considered as
>the end of an era, it now tends to be identified as a precursor of
>Modernism or indeed its first phase. Indeed, it is during this period
>that some of the central concerns of twentieth-century thinking,
>especially as regards conceptualisations of gender, nation and race,
>came to the fore. Adopting a comparative approach, this conference will
>reassess the European fin de siècle from these three key perspectives
>and show their radical impact on the emergence of Modernism.
> Under the heading of gender, topics to be discussed may include the
>late nineteenth-century medicalisation of sex, the debate on
>masculinity and femininity, and on feminism and anti-feminism. Under
>nation, papers may focus on, amongst others, the construction of
>‘place-based’ identities in cultural production such as architecture,
>film, music and the theatre, and the interplay between the local, the
>regional, the national and the global in the configuration of
>identities. Finally, the papers on race may investigate the
>intersection between racial science and theories of biological essence,
>beauty and the primitive and the theory of eugenics.
> The conference will adopt a resolutely interdisciplinary approach.
>Contributions that will challenge standard views of the fin de siècle
>are invited from scholars in the fields of literature, art history,
>architecture, music, cultural history and history of science. Whilst we
>expect that participants may wish to focus on the traditional
>‘capitals’ of the fin de siècle, Paris and Vienna, we would also
>specifically welcome papers that examine the role of regional centres
>such as Cracow, Dresden, Munich, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Czernowitz, etc.
>Proposals (400 words maximum) for 25 minute papers should be sent to
>the conference organisers Peter Davies ([log in to unmask]) and
>Marion Schmid ([log in to unmask]) by 5 June 2006.
>Dr Peter Davies
>School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
>University of Edinburgh
>David Hume Tower
>Edinburgh EH8 9JX
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