We are pleased to issue the call for papers for a conference organised by the Viennese Cafe and Fin-de-siecle Culture Research Project, to be held at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Royal College of Art, London on October 17th and 18th 2008.
As today, the cafes of fin-de-siecle Vienna were an important component of modern city life, an extension of both home and workplace. Cafés were as much to do with intellectual and social interaction as with procuring refreshment. This conference will focus on the complexities of the Viennese café as an urban space in order to better understand wider questions about Viennese modernism. Through its focus on the café, the conference aims to redefine our understanding not only of the arts in Vienna, but also of modernity more generally.
The conference encourages a cross-disciplinary approach to subjects and welcomes proposals for papers from scholars and practitioners in any field.
Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:
The complex inter-relationships between urban modernity and artistic modernism in relation to the Viennese café.
The Viennese café as a liminal space: public and private, ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture.
The café as a site for consumption: coffee and commerce.
Contrasts and comparisons between the Viennese cafe and the cafe cultures of other world cities.
The cafe as a site for performance.
The cafe as a designed space: interrelations between modern design, society and fashion.
The Viennese Cafe and Fin-de-siecle Research Project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is based at the Royal College of Art and Birkbeck, University of London. www.rca.ac.uk/viennacafe
We invite abstracts of 400 words to be submitted electronically to Dr Charlotte Ashby firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for submissions is 15th January 2008
Dr Charlotte Ashby
Vienna Café Project
Royal College of Art
London SW7 2EU
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