Placing Schnitzler conference (London)

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Call for Papers
March 16, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Literature, German History / Studies, Digital Humanities

Placing Schnitzler



To be held at Senate House, University of London

19-21 September 2018


The intensive editorial work currently being undertaken by teams in Austria, Germany and Great Britain is providing substantial new resources for academic study of and creative engagement with the work of Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931), opening up new avenues of research and revealing previously obscured and unknown aspects of his writing processes and creative identity. While the writer himself bemoaned the tendency to view his work through the clichéd lens of recurrent themes (love, sex, dream, play, death), this conference explores where the twenty-first century is placing Schnitzler.

We particularly invite papers that engage with the following:

•    contextual approaches – Schnitzler’s place within Viennese and European modernism, and within the key social and cultural discourses of his time;

•    topographical approaches;

•    Schnitzler and the globalization of literature;

•    Schnitzler and the intermedial;

•    the place of the archive in Schnitzler research, and Schnitzler’s creative processes;

•    readings of individual texts in the light of new archival research.


The conference language is English. Papers should not be longer than 20 minutes. Bursaries may be available to support graduate students and those who have recently completed a doctorate, as well other participants who are without institutional support.

Speakers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to be considered for publication in Austrian Studies, 27 (2019), which will be a special issue devoted to Placing Schnitzler.

Convenors:         Judith Beniston (University College London)

                                Andrew Webber (Churchill College, Cambridge)

Please send provisional titles and abstracts (c. 250 words) to Judith Beniston and Andrew Webber by Friday 16 March 2018.


This conference is part of the AHRC-funded project, ‘Digital Critical Edition of Middle-Period Works by Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931)’ and is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum and by the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature and Culture (Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London). 

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Prof. Andrew J. Webber

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