[Msa-discuss] CFP for MSA 11: Weimar Germany Through Foreign Eyes

Tobias Boes tboes at nd.edu
Thu Apr 2 09:41:45 EDT 2009

CFP: Weimar Germany through Foreign Eyes; Modernist Studies Association 
Conference, November 5-8, 2009, Montréal, Canada**

The fifteen years of the Weimar Republic were a time not only of 
incomparable artistic creativity, but also of unprecedented intellectual 
exchanges across national boundaries.  The Soviet revolution drove 
several hundred thousand Russians into exile in Germany, among them 
poets, artists and intellectuals such as Viktor Shklovsky or Vladimir 
Nabokov.  At the same time, many supporters of the new Soviet regime 
also visited Berlin, sparking a fervent exchange between two enormously 
productive avant-gardes.  The weak economy and hyper-inflation, 
meanwhile, made Germany an attractive destination for visitors from 
Western Europe and America as well, many of whom, including W.H. Auden 
and Christopher Isherwood, stayed for extended periods of time.  The 
international success of the UFA film studio, finally, meant that Weimar 
culture was put on view around the globe.

For this panel, I invite proposals on the image of German modernist 
culture in the works of foreigners.  How did Weimar culture affect the 
production of artists from abroad?  How did they describe Germany in 
their letters and diaries?  How were modernist ideas disseminated 
through transnational networks?  And what happened to the image of 
Weimar after the Nazi seizure of power?

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a brief biographical 
statement (2-3 sentences) to Tobias Boes, University of Notre Dame 
(tboes at nd.edu <mailto:tboes at nd.edu>) by April 30, 2009.

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