This conference addresses two interrelated issues which are central to our understanding of European cultural and national identities, past and present: the nature and extent of artistic and intellectual exchange between Britain and Europe at the turn of the nineteenth century; and the rise of a (Eurocentric) internationalist cultural identity in an era of competing nationalisms. Flanked by the Franco-Prussian war (1870-71) and the Great War, the fin de siècle stands out as an epoch of rising European militarism. Themes of national consolidation, isolation and aggression have become key to any analysis of the period. What this conference seeks to explore is the concomitant drive toward an international political and cultural identity. Interdisciplinary panels will examine how artistic and intellectual exchange contributed to a sense of a common European, even world culture, and to a counter-current of political, internationalist optimism.
Discussion will focus on the following topics:
The visual arts and their international infrastructures; cosmopolitan architecture and interior design; the international Arts and Crafts movement; international exchange in the performing arts; Anglo-German cultural relations; Anglo-Belgian cultural relations; international journals; cosmopolitan individuals.
Among those taking part are:
Dr Anna Gruetzner Robins (University of Reading, UK), Dr Andrzej Szcerski (University of Krakòw, Poland), Professor Antoine Capet (University of Rouen, France), Dr Drew Milne (University of Cambridge, UK), Professor Emily Eells (University of Paris-X Nanterre), Professor Tore Rem (University of Oslo, Norway), Dr Anne Leonard (Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago USA), Professor Marysa Demoor (University of Ghent, Belgium), Dr Michael Hatt (Yale Centre for British Art, USA), Dr Margaret MacDonald (University of Glasgow, UK), Dr Neil Stewart (University of Bonn, Germany), Dr Wolfgang Sonne (University of Strathclyde, UK), Dr Katherine Cockin (University of Hull, UK), Dr Petra Rau (University of Portsmouth, UK), and Dr Marina Dmitrieva-Einhorn (University of Leipzig, Germany). The language of the conference is English.
Dates: 3-5 July 2006
Venue: Magdalene College, Cambridge, UK
To book, or make further enquiries, please contact Dr Grace Brockington, Clare Hall, Herschel Rd, Cambridge CB3 9AL, UK. Tel.: (0)1223 767 294, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bookings must be made by 16 June 2006, and early booking is advised.
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