The flâneur – the leisurely but vigilant urban stroller - is well-known as a quintessential nineteenth-century Parisian archetype, and has attracted a distinguished array of champions and historians – from Balzac and Baudelaire to Walter Benjamin. However, although recent writings on the subject have certainly been eclectic in their scope, there has been little sustained attention given to the adaptation of the phenomenon outside Paris, let alone outside France and indeed Europe, whether in the form of modern sequels, contemporary echoes, as well as historic antecedents.
Location: University of Nottingham 6-7 July 2012
(Art History, University of Reading)
Promenades in Enlightenment Madrid – The Tapestry Cartoon and new social spaces
(History of Art, UNED, Madrid)
A Patchwork of Effects: Streets, squares and visions of late 19th-century Madrid
(History, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)
The rise of the promeneur in 18th- century Paris
(German, Nottingham / Pedagogical University of Applied Sciences at Kreuzlingen)
Early Forms of flânerie in the German Journal London und Paris (1798-1815)
(Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore)
Lounge, Idle, Moon: Albert Smith’s Natural History of the Idler Upon Town, an adaptation of Parisian flânerie in 1840s London
(University of Toronto)
The Phantasmagoria of the City: Nikolai Gogol’s and Vasily Sadovnikov’s Nevsky Prospect
(Comparative Literature, University of Strasbourg)
When Flâneurs Meet the Mythical Petersburgian Wanderer: Andrei Bely’s Fragmented Characters.
Kevin C. Robbins
(History, Indiana University)
The Graphic Anarchist Flâneur? Emigré Print Makers in Paris and the Import/Export of Street Art as Radical Social Criticism in the New, Urban, Satirical Media of Globalizing Europe, 1900-1914.
(French, University College, Cork)
Le flâneur salarié: The case of French journalist Henri Béraud’s visits to Irish cities in 1920.
(French, University of Nottingham)
Parisian Arcades – Berlin Loggias: Walter Benjamin’s Child-Flâneur
(Wright State University)
Prague Flânerie: Nezval and Štyrský
(Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow)
The flâneur in the fog: the recurrence of northern port-town landscapes in the peripatetic narratives of French existentialism.
(Music, University of Nottingham)
Without tendency: Amsterdam, situationism and atonal music
(French Literature and Culture, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels)
The flâneur in Brussels: French and Belgian literary perspectives in counterpoint
Dr Claire Launchbury
(School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Leeds)
The Beirut flâneuses: Writing and the city in post-conflict Lebanon
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