Art Gallery of Alberta

Trans-Aesthetics. Crossing Central Europe


April 1-3, 2012
Art Gallery of Alberta & University of Alberta

For centuries, Central Europe has been a hybrid space of communication where cultural features have become interwoven beyond nationalities, ethnicities, or the movement of time. During this conference, speakers from across Canada, the United States, and Europe representing diverse disciplines, including literary and cultural studies, musicology, and art history, will examine the resulting aesthetic overlap from a variety of historical and transcultural perspectives. The conference will begin with a focus on the cultural relations solidifying around 1900 before turning to the contemporary period, where speakers question the manner in which this transcultural heritage continues to be active after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Presented by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, University of Alberta, with supporting partner the Art Gallery of Alberta. 

Preliminary Program

Sunday, April 1 | Art Gallery of Alberta

Tickets $15/$10 AGA & EAC Members; Buy tickets online >

4 pm | Ledcor Theatre

  • Jan Edler (realities united:): Sustainable Wastage
    This lecture is part of the AGA’s ongoing Public Art Lecture Series. It is presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta with support from the Edmonton Arts Council.

Monday, April 2 | University of Alberta

Free; Register for Monday programming >

8:30-9 am | Senate Chamber, U Alberta (Arts and Convocation Hall, 3rd Floor) Click here for map >

  • Welcome (Joseph Patrouch, Director, Wirth Institute of Austrian and Central European Studies; Lesley Cormack, Dean Faculty of Arts)
  • Introduction (Helga Mitterbauer, Carrie Smith-Prei, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)

9-10 am | Senate Chamber, U Alberta

  • Agatha Schqartz (University of Ottawa) and Helga Thorson (University of Victoria): The Aesthetics of Change: Women Writers of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy
  • Imre Szeman (U Alberta): History without End(s): Imre Madách’s The Tragedy of Man (Az Ember Tragédiája)

10:30 am-12 pm | Senate Chamber, U Alberta

  • Lilian Weissberg (University of Pennsylvania): Vienna, Budapest, Berlin: Freud’s Intellectual Networks and the Establishment of Psychoanalysis
  • Orsolya Papp-Zipernovszky (University of Pecs/Wirth Institute): Secrets of a Soul (1926): A First-phase Psychoanalytic Representation on Human Subjectivity
  • Hanna Chuchvaha (U Alberta): How The Golden Fleece (Zolotoe runo, 1906-1909) was invented

2-3 pm | Senate Chamber, U Alberta

  • Katarina Žeravica (U Alberta): German Travelling Theatre Companies: A Cultural Link between Osijek and Other Cities in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy
  • Mario Martinec (Zagreb/Ottawa): Connections between German and Croatian Impressionism (Example of the painter Bela Čikoš Sesija)
  • Sarah McGaughey (Dickinson College): Kitchen Stories: Literary Reflections on the Interior in the Early Twentieth Century

4-5 pm | Senate Chamber, U Alberta

  • Gregor Kokorz (University of Chicago): Border, Trans-border and Unification – Music and its divergent roles in the 19th-century Habsburg territories
  • Kornél Zipernovszky (Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest): Who Started the Charleston Craze In Austria? – The Jazz Age Through Hungarian Eyes

Tuesday, April 3 I University of Alberta & the Art Gallery of Alberta

Free; Register for Tuesday programming >

9-10:30 am | Senate Chamber, U Alberta

  • Friederike Eigler (Georgetown University, Washington): Rewriting German-Polish Border Regions in Contemporary Europe
  • Waclaw Osadnik (U Alberta): Wir sind Lockvögel Baby by Elfriede Jelinek in Polish: Some Remarks on Translation of Cultural Contexts
  • Bianca Bican (Univ. Cluj-Naboca): Political and cultural implications in literary reception during communist Romania

11 am-12 pm | Senate Chamber, U Alberta

  • Irene Sywenky (U Alberta): Negotiating Urban Palimpsests: The Politics of Cultural Mediation in Today’s East Central Europe
  • Laura Bohn (Wheaton College): Habsburg translingual identity in Robert Musil’s Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften and Terézia Mora’s Alle Tage

2-3:30 pm | Allan E. Scott Boardroom, AGA

  • Raluca Cernahoschi (Bates College): István Szábo’s Colonel Redl at the Intersection of Authoritarianism and Careerism: Thoughts on an East-Central European Type
  • Susan Ingram (York University): After the Wall is Before… the Enlightenment: Linklater’s Refashioning of Vienna’s Baroque Imaginary
  • Markus Reisenleitner (York University): Policing Murky Depths and Glowing Peaks: Competing Imaginaries of Central European Crossroads in SOKO Kitzbühel and SOKO Donau

4-5 pm | Allan E. Scott Boardroom, AGA

  • Stefan Simonek (University of Vienna): An Intertextual Approach to “Laibach”
  • Maryna Chernyavska (U Alberta): Nostalgic Dreams of the Former Crownland

5:30 pm | Ledcor Theatre & Lobby, AGA