Weimar's Other: Visual Culture after 1918; 41st AAH Annual Conference Session

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n 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, parallel cities and urban minorities. This session explores the cultural practice, production and reception of neglected populations both from the Republic’s cities, the parallel city of Vienna and the rural provinces, particularly in relation to the themes of sexuality and gender, which have become central to our understanding of Weimar culture but also in relation to themes of materiality that are of concern to art history more generally. Papers in this session ask how Weimar visual studies should address the cultural activities of the regions, particularly given the scholarly emphasis to date on sexuality, gender and race as characteristic of Weimar culture’s metropolitan urban character. Papers will explore how relationships between the rural and the urban, and the national and the provincial, shaped artistic and cultural constructions of sex and gender in Germany after 1918. They will ask how debates on sex and gender as well as on the materiality of objects, informed artistic centres, practices, institutions and collecting practices outside Berlin in cities like Hanover, Dresden, Hamburg and Vienna and suburbs like Potsdam. In turn, they will also consider how provincial cultural developments impacted upon the narratives constructed around Weimar’s capital and how these diverse forms of identity - sexuality, gender, race and social class – were culturally experienced and recorded outside Berlin. - See more at: http://www.aah.org.uk/annual-conference/sessions2015/session33#sthash.ErZZ7LXS.dpuf
Period11 Apr 2015
Event typeConference
LocationNorwich, United KingdomShow on map


  • Weimar Culture