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15 The Aftermath of 1914-1918: Images of the Great War

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Hauptschule
Seminar
english language

Several generations after the introduction of compulsory schooling, millions of men were called to arms in the long, deadly struggle, which John Don Passos once called Europe s suicide. And thousands of those at the front as well as at home felt the desire, or indeed the need, to write down their experiences and views. All of these works were necessarily political, conscious or unwitting contributions to the bitter debates unleashed in all countries. Concentrating on the United Kingdom, France and Germany, the seminar will briefly look at works, mainly poetry, written during the war and then concentrate on works, mainly novels, appearing later. The comparative approach will help to see things in perspective, as will consideration of the political, economic, and social background. The study of visual material, mainly films, will complement the study of literary works. A reader (with English translations where necessary) will be made available.

Participants might by way of preparation like to look at some studies, e.g. Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory (1975), Frank Field, British and French Writers of the First World War (1991), Stephan Burgdorff/Klaus Wiegrefe (eds), Der Erste Weltkrieg (2004), Fred Bridgham (ed.) The First World War as a Clash of Cultures (2006), Bruno Cabanes/Anne Duménil (eds), Der Erste Weltkrieg (2007 in French, transl. 2013).

Speakers

em. Professor of English Literature, Paris Lodron University Salzburg Chair
Senior Lecturer, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds Chair

Dr. Holger KLEIN

em. Professor of English Literature, Paris Lodron University Salzburg

1966-1970 Assistent, English Seminar, University of Cologne
1970-1990 Lecturer, S.L., Reader, EUR, University of East Anglia, Norwich
1990-1991 Professor, Départment d'Anglais, University of Poitiers
 Since 2004 Emeritus
1991-2004 Professor, English Department, University of Salzburg

Dr. Claudia STERNBERG

Senior Lecturer, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds

1991-1994 Lecturer, School of English, University of Cologne
1994-1997 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, Department of British and American Studies, University of Technology Chemnitz
1999-2002 Postdoctoral Researcher, School of English, University of Tübingen
 Since 2004 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
2002-2004 Postdoctoral Researcher, Sonderforschungsbereich 437: Kriegserfahrungen, University of Tübingen

Seminar Week

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13.08.2014

17:00 - 17:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2014Plenary
17:15 - 17:30Opening Concert, Part 1: sAmo for Flute, Violoncello and AccordionCulture
17:30 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 19:30Opening Concert, Part 2: Blink, Think & ListenCulture
19:30 - 21:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
21:00 - 22:00Bread and WineSocial

14.08.-19.08.2014

01 Sustainable Peace and Security - Who Cares?Seminar
02 The Politics of Emotions: Diagnosis and Historical TransformationsSeminar
03 An Energy Transition for the FutureSeminar
04 The Human MicrobiomeSeminar
05 Creativity and Innovation for GrowthSeminar
06 1814 - 1914 - 1989: Paradigm Shifts in Public International Law and PoliticsSeminar
07 Ethical Implications of Religious WorldviewsSeminar
08 Art and ProtestSeminar
09 Europe and Its Neighbours - EU External Relations at the Crossroads?Seminar
10 Collective Memory - Present Focus on the PastSeminar
11 Feeding the WorldSeminar
12 Decisions Under UncertaintySeminar
13 Macroeconomics - The Return of IdeologiesSeminar
14 Human - Machine - RoboticsSeminar
15 The Aftermath of 1914-1918: Images of the Great WarSeminar
16 The Key to Good GovernanceSeminar
17 Media from a Theoretical PerspectiveSeminar

14.08.2014

18:00 - 19:00Vernissage: Let the Children Play. On the 25th Anniversary of the UN-Declaration of the Rights of the ChildCulture

15.08.2014

19:00 - 20:30Literature Talk: Wars and Civil Wars in the Mirror of Current World LiteratureCulture

16.08.2014

18:00 - 19:30Courage. In Memoriam Fritz MoldenCulture

18.08.2014

19:30 - 20:30Theatre Performance: Free AssociationCulture

19.08.2014

19:00 - 22:00Alpbach IdeaJam: SEM meets EDUPlenary