Please consider submitting a proposal to the WiG-sponsored Austrian Studies Association panel on Habsburg Feminisms.
WiG-ASA Panel Proposal: Habsburg Feminisms Crossing Borders—Blurring Borders Annual conference of the Austrian Studies Association University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan March 26-29, 2015
This panel seeks papers that interrogate historical or aesthetic acts that blur the contours of our traditional understanding of the ‘aristocracy’ (the Habsburgs in the Austrian context) and of ‘feminism,’ and more importantly, of how these notions seem antithetical to one another or how they can intersect to give new meanings to both terms. Ellis Wasson has challenged notions of the aristocracy as “philistine, decadent, amateur, and backward,” and sees them as a dynamic and important force in the history of Europe. More recently, art historian Michael Yonan has analyzed visual and material culture produced during the reign of Maria Theresa that project potentially feminist meanings. How might Ellis’ interpretation apply to the case of the Habsburgs and what kind of new evaluations can be discovered? What further discoveries of Habsburg history can be made to reveal a feminist rhetoric? In what media, historical and contemporary, are Habsburg feminisms to be found? Interdisciplinary investigations are particularly welcome.
Topics might include: • reinterpretations of royal family and relationships that challenge tradition • role of museums, tourist industry, popular sites dedicated to challenging or perpetuating well-known representations (and repercussions thereof) • historical and contemporary portraiture, sculpture, and photography that push the boundaries • alternative biographies, literary depictions, folklore that imagine or fill in gaps • popular interpretations and critical responses, such as w/ musicals “Sissi” or “Rudolf” • overlooked, ignored, forgotten and untold aspects of Habsburgs history that would uncover Habsburg feminisms • reconsiderations and meanings of royal “work” (charity, military, cultural, governance, social) • (re)configurations/ (re)construction/(re)purposing of royal space and place • Habsburgs and women’s movement/sexual/political revolution • changing conversations about Habsburgs in Austrian and international educational systems, i.e. how the Habsburgs are remembered in official discourse • Habsburg presences in former crown lands • Non-German speaking subjects of the Habsburgs
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor: Olaf Schmidt
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