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Weimar's 'Other': Visual culture in Germany after 1918

5 September 2014

Call for papers: Weimar's 'Other': Visual culture in Germany after 1918, 41st Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, UEA Norwich 9 – 11 April 2015.

CALL FOR PAPERS: April 2015

41st Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, UEA Norwich 9 – 11 April 2015
Sainsbury Institute of Art, UEA, Norwich

Deadline for paper proposals: 10 November 2014
Paper proposals, to be sent to the session convenors in accordance with proposal guidelines.

Session Convenors

Dorothy Price, University of Bristol, D.Price@bristol.ac.uk
Camilla Smith, University of Birmingham, h.c.smith@bham.ac.uk

In recent years, there has been a significant growth in scholarship investigating both the visual and wider cultural production of Weimar, most often centred in Berlin. However, there were other centres of cultural production besides Berlin as well as other, untold experiences of Weimar linked to rural communities, provincial cities and urban minorities.

This session invites papers that explore the cultural practice, production and reception of neglected populations both from the Republic’s cities and in its rural provinces, particularly in relation to the themes of sexuality, gender and race, which have become central to our understanding of Weimar culture. How should Weimar visual studies address the cultural activities of the provinces, particularly given the scholarly emphasis to date on sexuality, gender and race as characteristic of Weimar culture’s urban character? How did relationships between the rural and the urban, and the national and the provincial, shape artistic and cultural constructions of sex, gender and race in Germany after 1918? How did debates on sex, gender and race inform artistic centres, practices, institutions and collecting practices outside Berlin? In turn, how did provincial cultural developments impact upon the narratives constructed around Weimar’s capital? And how were these diverse forms of identity – sexuality, gender, race and social class – culturally experienced and recorded in relation to minority groups within Germany’s cities?

We welcome contributions that explore: the possibilities and methodologies entailed in studying German culture beyond Berlin during this period, and hence in studying Weimar visual culture from a broader perspective; the relations between urban and rural cultural infrastructures; the impact of sex, gender and race on cultural production outside of Berlin; the cultural representation and production of urban minority groups. We particularly welcome proposals that address the topic from an interdisciplinary perspective.  See more at the conference website.

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