International Conference “Traveling Traditions”
Organized by Erik Redling
Traveling Traditions: Nineteenth-Century Negotiations of Cultural Concepts in Transatlantic Intellectual Networks
April 17-19, 2014, Halle (Saale)
In recent decades, academic focus in the humanities has shifted from ‘dead white male’ public intellectuals and the history of ideas to pluralistic views of literatures and cultures. As a consequence of this shift in focus, the nineteenth-century genteel thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic have been pushed to the margins of critical discourse. Leslie Butler’s groundbreaking study Critical Americans: Victorian Intellectuals and Transatlantic Liberal Reform (2007) is the exception. Examining the philosophical engagement of a group of leading American authors and social critics with a group of British thinkers, Butler argues that “critical Americans” helped to shape a “humane liberalism” in the second half of nineteenth-century America.
Extending Butler’s study of nineteenth-century political and social reformers, this conference will explore the ways in which nineteenth-century intellectuals, a group including women as well as men, negotiate cultural traditions across the Atlantic Ocean. Special attention will be paid to a small group of cultural concepts, such as art, beauty, virtue, imagination, and taste. Although embedded in a particular aesthetic tradition, these concepts travel from one culture to another and are transformed along their transatlantic journeys, a process described by Mieke Bal in Travelling Concepts in the Humanities (2002). Thus, the purpose of this conference is to investigate the roles of these “travelling concepts” within the realm of transatlantic cultures and to trace their at times surprising paths within ever-widening transnational networks.
|Wednesday, April 16||19:00||
at ‘Hallesches Brauhaus‘
|Thursday, April 17||09:00-09:15||
|1. The American Renaissance Revisited
(Chair: Hubert Zapf, Augsburg)
Daniel Stein (Berlin)
Christopher Hanlon (Eastern Illinois/Harlaxton College UK)
Ellen Redling (Heidelberg)
|13:00-14:30||Lunch at ‘MoritzKunstCafé‘ (Moritzburg)|
|2. Cultural Authority and Transatlantic Aesthetics, Part I
(Chair: Holger Kersten, Magdeburg)
Erik Redling (Halle)
Julia Straub (Bern)
Maurice Lee (Boston)
|19:00||Dinner at ‘Tranquebar‘|
|Friday, April 18||3. Broadening the Genteel Circle: Race and Gender
(Chair: Stefan Brandt)
Spiritual World / Other World
Werner Nell (Halle)
Sabine Sielke (Bonn)
“Byronic Heroines and Darwinian Types: Southern Women’s (Post-)bellum Identity Construction”
|13:00-14:00||Lunch at ‘MoritzKunstCafé‘|
|4. Cultural Authority and Transatlantic Aesthetics, Part II
(Chair: Gabriele Rippl, Berne)
Günter Leypoldt (Heidelberg)
Peter Riley (Oxford)
|19:00||Dinner at ‘Ristorante Bella Italia‘|
|Saturday, April 19||5. The Medium is the Message: Transatlantic Media Networks
(Chair: Martin Meyer, Halle)
Stefanie Schäfer (Jena)
Winfried Fluck (Berlin/Warsaw)
The conference will be held at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in the city of Halle (Saale).
The Löwengebäude will serve as the main venue for presentations and further discussions. Situated in the center of Halle (Saale), the Löwengebäude does not only provide plenty of space for conference sessions, it is also located in close proximity to sights like Franckesche Stiftungen or Moritzburg.
The address of the Löwengebäude is:
06108 Halle (Saale)
You will be lodging at the Ankerhof Hotel in single rooms, which are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, television, safe, telephone, and internet access. From your hotel you will also have a wonderful view of the river Saale.
Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
For further details please visit the Ankerhof Hotel website.
The address of the hotel is:
06108 Halle (Saale)
We recommend flying into Berlin or Leipzig/Halle and taking the train down to Halle (Saale), which is about a ninety-minute train ride from Berlin and twenty minutes from the airport Leipzig/Halle.
Alternatively, you can choose to travel to Frankfurt/M. or Munich, and continue by train to Halle (Saale), which takes about four or five hours respectively.
Take a train to Halle (Saale) Hauptbahnhof (main station).
You can check timetables and book a ticket on the website of the Deutsche Bahn AG * There are bargain price options if you book one or two months in advance, possibly also offered by your local travel agency. You can also buy a ticket at the airport/station once you arrive in Germany, of course (no special offers possible).
* A note on the website of the Deutsche Bahn: For a change of language, you are asked to select your country. Unfortunately, you need to type in/select the German names of cities and stations. Relevant stations and terms are:
main station: “Hauptbahnhof”, abbreviation, “Hbf”
Munich: “München” (the website also accepts the word without the umlaut)
The embedded map to the left will help you get from the Hauptbahnhof to the Löwengebäude.