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Construction, Translation and Lifting Borders in Art and Literature

The focus of this study group lied on the literary and artistic work of east and southeast European artists from the 19th into the 21st century. We investigated the creation and background of texts, objects and performances as well as their reception and impact.

According to Pierre Bourdieu, who understands culture as a central element of “congealed experience”, sociological processes provide an important point of reference for cultural discussion and analysis. He argues that texts, objects and performances can all reflect collective narrative and subversive discourse as well as individual perception and experience. A questioning approach to national expectations and definitions is key: art and literature must be accepted as transnational and discursive. They should therefore not only be approached from a national perspective but also set in an international context.

The projects of this study group’s members were based around literature, art history, theatre and film studies and take an interdisciplinary approach to topics such as processes of cultural exchange in a European and global context, modelling of transnational spaces, construction and destruction in identity building or the problems of translation and the experience of alterity.

Former group leaders:

Former members and projects:

  • Annelie Bachmaier, M.A.
    Concepts of the stranger in Aleksandr Grin's prose
  • Anna Baumgartner, M.A.
    Orientalism, adventure and exoticism. The Polish horse and battle scene painter Józef Brandt in Munich (1862-1915)
  • Alice Buzdugan, M.A.
    Urban literature of the interwar period in Romania between national propaganda and cultural philosophy
  • Mag.a. Katalin Cseh-Varga
    Rebelling Play(Spaces) and Underground Networks. The "Second Public Sphere" of the Hungarian Avant-Garde.
  • Marija Đokić M.A.
    A theatrical landscape for Belgrade (1841-1914). Cultural transfer between Ottoman, Serbian and European Theater Pactices
  • Anna Juraschek, M.A.
    The Salvation of the Image in the Word: Bruno Schulz's Picture Idea in his Prosaic and Pictorial Work
  • Jana Kantoříková, M.A.
    The work of Miloš Martens and the question of intertextuality
  • Patricia Pfeifer, M.A.
    Magic - poetic - real. Forms of understanding in East and Southeast European cinema
  • Dr. Berenika Szymanski-Düll
  • Emanuel Tatu, M.A.
    "Experience" and "Perception" in the Literature of Romanian-Jewish Writers of the Interwar Period (ca. 1920-1940)