The seminar is an invitation to participate in the interdisciplinary conversation on the phenomenon of war in European culture, focusing on the First World War experience not only in the Western front, but also in the Baltic and Eastern European provinces of the time and the new communities
Kārlis Padegs in 1932 created one of his key masterpieces – the painting “Madonna with a Machinegun”, encoding therein the heritage of the Renaissance culture and mass destruction tendencies of the European civilization in the 20th century. The painting was made in the interwar period and also in the period when the European communities coined the term “the Great War” – the name given to the First World War, which in the duration of four years exposed Europeans to a lengthy humanitarian catastrophe, at the same time reflecting on the place of war in the cultural processes.
We will not limit ourselves to the chronological borders of the war and will seek the answers to the following questions, discussing the following subjects:
Was the First World War a grotesque face of European modernization? Modernism in culture and politics
Technologized death as a subject of creative work in Europe and the Baltics in the pre-war period, during the war and after 1918 – the European dialogue, conflicts and hybrids?
Waiting for the war and having fun… The First World War in the civilization discourses and mass culture
Futurism and the war – which one is to blame? The radical intellectualism before 1914
The frontline or the total war – extreme experience in the wartime
A woman and the war – participation and hierarchies
The art of war and during the war – the gap of realities and the creative work in trenches: art in the extreme circumstances
A word against the war and the war of words: poetry and a leaflet. A poet – politician.
Zero-length – cultural contexts of the collapses of empires and the space for creativity after 1917
These questions and thematic directions can turn into the titles of seminar sections depending on the interests and ideas of the participants, which should be submitted electronically till 18 April 2014 to: email@example.com.
The conversation on the war will be held on 25 August 2014, when Germany attacked Belgium, destroying the ancient library with the Renaissance manuscripts and the Cathedral in the town of Leuven.
Name, surname, institution
The title of the paper and a summary of approx. 500 characters on the theses of the paper
Conference organizing committee:
Deniss Hanovs, Dr. art., Riga Stradins University
Pauls Daija, Dr. phil., University of Latvia
Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art
University of Latvia
1 Akademijas laukums
Riga LV1050 Latvia
Phone: (371) 67229017
Fax: (371) 67229017 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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