« Vienna : 1900 : Brussels » (International Workshop/Publication)

Between the 1880’s and the 1920’s, an international network of transcultural exchanges led to accelerated innovations in multiple cultural fields in many parts of Europe. Strong emphasis has been made by researchers and exhibitors on the relations between Vienna and Paris, which was considered the capital of culture, attracting craftsmen, artists, musicians, and writers from all over Europe.
During this period, one could also see vigorous cultural encounters between Brussels and Vienna. The interior decoration of Brussel’s Stoclet Palais by Gustav Klimt and the transformation of Albert Giraud’s Pierrot lunaire into music by Arnold Schönberg can serve as two well-­known examples. The cultural relation between these two not­-so marginal capitals were key to the Fin­-de-­siècle era. One can think also of the reception of Maurice Maeterlinck, Émile Verhaeren, Paul van Ostaijen, Cyriel Verschaeve, James Ensor, Félicien Rops, Victor Horta, and Fernand Khnopff in Vienna and reciprocally of Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Adolf Loos, Otto Wagner, Arthur Schnitzler, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Maria Janitschek in Brussels. Journals such as the Belgian Coq rouge and Dietsche Warande en Belfort and the Austrian Die Zeit and Die Wage were key to this lively exchange, which also spread to the Belgian Congo and to Berlin, Munich, Prague, Budapest and Amsterdam, London, Copenhagen, … often through Paris.
We are looking for book contributions in literature, theatre, architecture, design, music, opera, psychoanalysis, politics, popular culture, visual arts, and all cultural fields acknowledging and analysing the interdisciplinary and transcultural networks of Brussels and Vienna around 1900.
In cooperation with the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta, we are planning to publish a volume and to discuss the contributions in a workshop in Edmonton (March 30-­April 2, 2015). We will be considering circulating all accepted contributions to participants, beforehand.

Please send your abstract (300 words and short biography) by May 15, 2014 to:
● Piet Defraeye, Professor, Drama, University of Alberta, Edmonton: Piet.Defraeye@ualberta.ca
● Helga Mitterbauer, Austrian Visiting Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, U of A, Edmonton: Helga.Mitterbauer@ualberta.ca
● Chris Reyns­-Chikuma, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literature, MLCS, U of A, Edmonton: reynschi@ualberta.ca

The working language will be English, although contributions in Dutch, French, and German will also be considered.


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