“Vienna 1900” has established pride of place as one of the most significant centers of culture of our modern world. The richness of this particular cultural landscape continues to work on our imaginations and the scholarly debates that have arisen in the field have continued to fuel our thinking.
Ten years have now elapsed since historian Steven Beller spearheaded a reassessment of this culture in his book Rethinking Vienna 1900. At the time, he invited scholars of Central Europe culture to think along with him. Since then, scholars have reexamined and critiqued the Schorskean paradigm that did so much to spark interest in this culture over many decades, explored alternative approaches to the culture of the period, and focused attention on previously unexplored areas.
This session invites reflections on where we stand today in our approach to the Viennese fin de siècle, as manifested in our scholarship and teaching. What have we found as we began to look beyond “Vienna 1900”, beyond the forms that dominated scholarly and popular thinking? Are there ways in which we have instantiated or resisted paradigmatic shifts in the field? This session invites papers that reflect a highly differentiated approach to the subject and that emerge from this engagement with reevaluation and critical reassessment. Papers may take the form of reflections on the academic phenomenon of “Vienna 1900”; address specific research areas that have emerged from the process of ‘rethinking’; or evidence a new approach to any aspect of the culture. Contributions from a range of disciplines are welcome, as are interdisciplinary approaches.
Please send abstracts to either Linda Kraus Worley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Hillary Herzog (email@example.com) by January 31, 2011.
For: German Studies Association. Sept. 22-25, 2011.
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