2018 Conference of the Austrian Studies Association
AUSTRIA AND THE EAST / ÖSTERREICH UND DER OSTEN
May 30-June 1, 2018
University of Vermont, Burlington VT
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 2018 Conference of the Austrian Studies Association will focus in Austrian’s rich and complex relationship with the East throughout its history.
Paper proposals that take up the cultural, political, and social exchanges between Austria and the East—Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, Middle East and the Far East—are welcome. “Eastern Europe” also includes the crownlands of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and all their later incarnations (e.g. both as Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as Yugoslavia and Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia).The conference topic is conceived to elicit submissions reflecting the widest variety of disciplinary as well as multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives. Papers with interdisciplinary methodology and/or transnational focuses are particularly encouraged. Papers may be given in German or English; the conference will support standard media (audio, DVD, PowerPoint).
possible topics include:
The reception of Austrian art, film, music, theater, architecture, and literature in the East and vice versa
Austrian imagination of Eastern populations
Literary reactions to immigration from the East
Cooperation between Austria and Eastern European countries
Reflections on Austria and World War I
Austrian perspectives on Turkey and the Ottoman Empire; Turkish and Ottoman perspectives on Austria
Austria and the Cold War
Austria and the East in the Post-Cold War
Austria, the EU, and the Osterweiterung
Human trafficking between Austria and the East
Representation of Austria in the works of writers with Eastern backgrounds
Austrian colonization and influence in the Balkans
Interpretations and memory of the Turkish Siege of Vienna
The Soviet occupation of Austria
Austrian perspectives on the Far East
Austrian perspectives on South Asia
Austrian perspectives on Islam, Orthodox Christianity, Buddhism, and/or Hinduism
Austrian perspectives on the Holy Land
Orientalist discourse in Austrian art, film, literature, and political discourse
Representations of the East in Austrian geographic texts
Austrian interpretations of the Crimean War
Submit abstracts of ca. 300 words, with a title and a short (200 word) biography suitable for an introduction at the conference to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline: December 15, 2017.
Individual papers or full panels of 3-4 papers submitted as a block may be proposed; the conference committee may request modifications.
In addition, graduate student submitters should add a note if they would like to apply for travel funds from the ASA.
Presenters are required to be members of the Austrian Studies Association. To join the Association, subscribe to its journal by going to the ASA website at http://www.austrian-studies.org/ and clicking the "membership" link in the menu bar, which will take you to the website of the University of Nebraska Press, publisher of JAS.
Prof. Helga Schreckenberger (Department of German and Russian) and Nicole Phelps (Department of History), University of Vermont