November 20-21, 2014
Austrian Library in the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine
The beginning of World War I in Europe had political implications and caused an epoch change in literature and art that affected all spheres of cultural and social life. While the Vienna Modernism was already declining, the Ukrainian culture of the avant-garde experienced a certain kind of a revival.
Both phenomena had, beside considerable cultural and literary dimensions, also an informative direction that found its representation in painting and drama as well as in decorative art. Both phenomena also gave birth to a range of artefacts whose analysis would contribute to a better artistic and aesthetic understanding of cultural development before and after World War I. While the Vienna Modernism found resonance beyond Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Ukrainian avant-garde did not find broad international reception.
The conference is meant to support scholarly exchange about new research on both phenomena in interdisciplinary dimensions, with an emphasis on intermedia contexts and on programmatic texts.
We invite qualified experts from the fields of literary studies, history of art, theater, music and cultural studies to present their current research on the Vienna Modernism and the Ukrainian avant-garde in order to facilitate a discussion about their common traits. We envision 30 minute presentations in German, Ukrainian, Russian and English.
Please submit the title of your presentation and a short abstract (no more than 350 words in German, Ukrainian, Russian or English) along with a biographic note (no more than 150 words) to the following Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference organizers: Austrian Library in Kyiv, Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine, Austrian Cultural Forum, Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, OeAD Lecturership in Kyiv.
All presentations will be published as a collection of conference papers.