*CALL FOR SEMINAR PARTICIPATION: "Nietzsche and the Birth of Modernism"*

*German Studies Association Conference: October 3-6, 2019 (Portland,

*Deadline for submissions: January 26, 2019*

*Conveners: Sharon Jordan (Art History, CUNY), Benjamin Schluter (German
Studies, NYU)*

We invite you to attend a seminar exploring Nietzsche and modern art at
this year's GSA. Please see below for all information regarding the seminar
and admission requirements.


On the 175th anniversary of Friedrich Nietzsche's birth, we seek to revalue
the influence of the philosopher's publications, not only within the fields
of philosophy and literature, but especially in the visual and performing
arts. To do this, we will pay special attention to the initial reception of
Nietzsche's corpus during early 20th century Modernism. While Nietzsche's
influence on leading German writers of the time is well established, we aim
to broaden our understanding by considering other aesthetic disciplines and
media (especially the plastic arts, music, and dance). Nietzsche's polar
notions of the Apollonian and Dionysian, as well as his broader lexicon of
archetypes and topoi, will help construct a framework for analyzing the
incorporation of his thought into various artistic practices of Modernism.
Yet beyond reading the modernists as faithful heirs and popularizers of
Nietzsche, we will also negotiate the ways they challenge, rework, and
overcome his legacy.

The goal of the seminar is to bring together multi-disciplinary
interpretations of the ways Nietzsche's motifs and ideas have influenced
the development of Modernism across various disciplines. The head convener,
Sharon Jordan, is an art historian who focuses on German Expressionism. She
is in the early stages of a monograph on Nietzsche's influence among
leading visual artists.


Individual participants will *apply by submitting a prospective
presentation on a modernist work of their choice in any medium, along with
suggested reading materials from Nietzsche's work of related secondary
literature.* The conveners will use this information to help develop a
syllabus and reader, which will be shared digitally with participants at
least one month in advance of the conference. During the seminar,
participant and convener presentations will be used as the impulse for


Please submit applications *before January 26* through the official
channels of the GSA ( Any
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