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Call for Papers
Trans-Aesthetics. Crossing Central Europe
For centuries, Central Europe has been a hybrid space of communication  
where cultural features have become interwoven beyond nationalities,  
ethnicities, or the movement of time. Railway stations, schoolhouses  
as well as the theatres designed by the famous Viennese architects  
Helmer and Fellner are only a few of many examples indicating a  
cartography of overlapping aesthetic manifestations specific to the  
Central Europe. The conference of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and  
Central European Studies to take place at the University of Alberta on  
April 2nd – 4th, 2012 will engage in a crossing of historical and  
transcultural perspectives on aesthetic overlap.
Based on recent studies demonstrating strong transcultural  
interrelations in the fields of literature, music, art history, and  
architecture prevalent in the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy, the  
conference will approach the following questions: Is this  
transcultural legacy still current in Central Europe today, after the  
fall of the so-called Iron Curtain? Can specific motives, topics, ways  
of writing, composing, or painting be identified as typical for this  
region? Can we prove something such as a “longue durée” (Braudel) in  
these interrelations or has this regional nexus lost its efficacy in  
times of globalization? Finally, do continuities and frictions evince  
a long-lasting memory?
The interdisciplinary conference addresses scholars from literary and  
film studies as well as from musicology, history, art history, and  
architecture, and will be composed of three sections:
The first section focuses on the historical framework and investigates  
transcultural interrelations in the 19th and early 20th century. First  
studies in this field indicate a complex trans-ethnic network of ideas  
or motifs spreading throughout the region, therefore demonstrating the  
inadequacy of a solely nationally bound perspective in cultural studies.
Following on this foundation, section two discusses interrelations in  
the late 20th and 21st century. Can we still trace transnational as  
well as regional connections and correlations despite the phenomenon  
of globalization with its electronic mass media and its intensified  
migration?
Finally, the third section intersects with the first sections in  
scrutinizing the ramifications of the fall of the Iron Curtain. How  
deep did it influence cultural interrelations? Can we speak of an  
effective rupture or, better yet, continuities? Was it really the  
physical political border that effected literature, film, music, and  
art or was this border merely a phantasm?
The conference will be held in English. Proposals (200-250 words) and  
short biographic information should be submitted no later than October  
31st, 2011 to
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Dr. Carrie Smith-Prei
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Assistant Professor, German
Honours Mentor, MLCS
Graduate Academic Advisor, German
Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
200 Arts, University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2E6
Skype: smithprei
http://www.humanities.ualberta.ca/MLCS/staff-smith-prei.html
Co-Editor, Imaginations: https://www.csj.ualberta.ca/imaginations/


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