CfP: 2022 GSA Conference Panel: CULTURE AND THE LONG ARM OF THE STATE IN AUSTRIA

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
March 4, 2022 to March 21, 2022
Location: 
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Modern European History / Studies, Political History / Studies

Call for Panel Papers: German Studies Association Conference

September 15-18, 2022, Houston, TX

 

TOPIC:  CULTURE AND THE LONG ARM OF THE STATE IN AUSTRIA

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Upon learning that she had received the 2004 Nobel Prize for Literature, Elfriede Jelinek told Swedish Radio, in a turn of phrase she would subsequently repeat to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, that Austria “cannot stick me in its lapel.” Jelinek’s sudden horror at her own achievement because it provided legitimacy for a state that positions itself as the guarantor of Austrian culture is a telling if familiar Austrian gesture.  But is it possible to think of cultural activity in Austria without the long arm of state cultural policy? Meanwhile, there is the Austrian state itself, an institutional apparatus with deep traditions in recruiting artists, writers, and other cultural figures as advocates and ambassadors for its own, always-provisional, projects and politics.

This panel invites papers that consider the relationship between the Austrian state and culture in any of its manifestations. Papers might address the state direction of culture in the Ständestaat, conservative challenges to state culture in the 1950s, the expansion of the cultural field associated with the Kreisky era, or indeed, any of the variously-inflected debates regarding the Austrian system of subsidy for art and artists, including flashpoints such as polemics around Staatskünstler. Papers on foreign cultural diplomacy are highly appropriate, as are studies focusing on initiative to create a “brand Austria,” while case studies, or intellectual histories of individuals, who have articulated a critical position on the state as an actor in cultural policy are also welcome.

 

SUBMITTING PROPOSALS

Please send a 350-500-word abstract and a brief biographical statement to Michael Burri (mburri@brynmawr.edu) by Monday, March 21, 2022. Participants will be notified by March 23, 2022.  Final GSA conference deadline for proposal submissions is Monday, March 28, 11:59 p.m.

Please note that to submit, you must be a current GSA member. No individual may give more than one paper nor appear on the final program in more than two separate roles. (Participating in a seminar counts as delivering a paper.) For additional GSA submission guidelines see: www.thegsa.org/conference/submission-guidelines

 

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