CFP: Literature, Language and Culture during the Weimar Republic, Bucharest (15.08.2018)

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Second international multidisciplinary Conference Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Bucharest this year’s topic: “Literature, Language and Culture during the Weimar Republic”

October 25th-26th 2018
Place: University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Languages: German and English 

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Bucharest hosts in October 25th and 26th 2018 its second annual international multidisciplinary conference.
This year’s subject is the Weimar Republic, which stretches from the end of the First World War through the Golden Twenties and the Great Depression to the beginning of the Nazi dictatorship with Hitler's seizure of power, being one of the most prolific artistic phases of German literary and cultural history.

Literature, theatre, painting, architecture experienced in their various stylistic characteristics (expressionism, avant-garde, the so called New Objectivity) fresh artistic impulses. Press, radio, film, vaudeville and cabaret laid the foundations for a new mass culture, which experienced an unexpected upswing, especially in the German capital Berlin, which Alfred Döblin set a lasting memorial to with his big-city novel "Berlin Alexanderplatz" (1929).

This year's conference of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures invites all interested scientists and PhD students in literature and linguistics, history and art history, theatre and film studies, political and social sciences to participate in our conference. Possible topics for presentations include:  Literature after the First World War;  Pacifist Literature (Ernst Toller, Arnold Zweig) ; Anti-war Literature (Erich Maria Remarque, Ludwig Renn);  Representation of War as an Aesthetic Experience (Ernst Jünger);  Political Satire (Erich Kästner);  Poetics and Poetry of Expressionism (Menschheitsdämmerung);  Poetics and Poetry of the New Objectivity (“Neue Sachlichkeit“);  Poetics of Nature (Oskar Loerke, Wilhelm Lehmann);  Political Poetry (Bertolt Brecht);  Social Novel (Oskar Maria Graf, Leonhard Frank);  Mythical Novel (Hans Henny Jahnn);  Historical Novel (Lion Feuchtwanger, Bruno Frank, Hermann Broch);  Socio-critical Contemporary Novel (Lion Feuchtwanger, Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse);  Urban Novel (Alfred Döblin, Erich Kästner, Hans Fallada);  Literary Criticism during the Weimar Republic (Alfred Kerr, Herbert Ihering); Theatre during the Golden Twenties (Bertolt Brecht, Friedrich Wolf, Ferdinand Bruckner, Marieluise Fleißer, Ödön von Horváth, Carl Zuckmayer, Arnolt Bronnen, Johannes R. Becher);  Stage Direction during the Twenties (Max Reinhardt, Erwin Piscator);  Political Journalism (Carl von Ossietzky, Kurt Tucholsky, Egon Erwin Kisch);  Political Cabaret (Joachim Ringelnatz, Karl Valentin, Walter Mehring, Klabund);  The Press during the Weimar Republic (Schaubühne, Weltbühne);  The Radio Culture and the Emergence of Audio Drama during the Weimar Republic;  Employee’s Culture in the Weimar Republic (Siegfried Kracauer);  Painting and Arts during the Weimar Republic (Expressionism: Der Blaue Reiter, Die Brücke; “Neue Sachlichkeit”; “Bauhaus” in Photography, Design, Architecture and Industrial Art);  Music during the Weimar Republic  Silent vs. Sound Movies during the Weimar Republic ; Avant-garde in Art and Literature: Common Programs and Manifestos; Synchronicity and Interplay of Literature and Art ; Art of the Weimar Republic within the European Context;  Public Speech during the Weimar Republic;  Language and Its Use during the Weimar Republic (the Press between Political Left and Right; the Discourse of National Socialism);  The Weimar Republic from the Perspective of Language History   Language and Politics: Parliamentary Addresses in the “Reichstag” from a Linguistic Viewpoint;   Development of Linguistics during the Weimar Republic.
Moreover, the organizers pay special attention to connected historical evolutions in Central Europe, such as the foundation of the Republic of German Austria or the unification of Romanian provinces and to their implications in arts, culture and education.  
The presentations are strictly limited to 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minutes discussion. 
Please submit a 250-words abstract in German or English along with a short biographical note and the institutional affiliation by August 15th, 2018 to the following contact:

Registration fee:

50 Euro (early bird registration fee; deadline August 15th, 2018) 100 Euro (regular registration fee; after August 15th, yet not later than September 15th, 2018)
The fee covers coffee breaks, lunch for both conference days, and publication.


Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Constanze Baum] betreut –


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