Virtual Symposium: A New World View

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Virtual Symposium: A New World View

  • 19 Mar 2021 — 21 Mar 2021

The ACF London is pleased to support the multi-disciplinary symposium "A New Worldview: Vienna’s Contribution to European Culture 1890-1935” organised by the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.

The symposium turns the spotlight on a period when radical new thinking in philosophy, music, psychology, architecture, and the arts changed culture in a profound way that is still felt today. The hub of this movement was the Austrian capital, Vienna, which itself experienced seismic change during the decades featured in this symposium: in 1890 it was still the thriving heart of the 500-year-old Habsburg Empire; at the end of the First World War that empire was no more. This experience of change and upheaval can perhaps be seen as one of the motivating factors for the surge of intellectual creativity experienced in Vienna in this period.

The programme spans many disciplines, with leading speakers from the UK and Europe contributing to what promises to be an entertaining, revealing and intellectually stimulating event. All talks will be delivered online via Zoom, with opportunities for questions at the end.

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Friday March 19th

7.30pm (UK) The Vienna of Yesterday – Stefan Zweig is not ‘at home’; Dr. Richard Stamp, Bath Spa University

Saturday March 20th

10.30am (UK) Vienna’s Second Spring: Architecture and Urbanism 1919-1935; Dr. Ruth Hanisch, Dortmund University

12.00pm (UK) Oskar Kokoschka. Bad Boy of Viennese Modernism; Bernadette Reinhold, Director, Oskar Kokoschka Centre, University of Applied Arts Vienna

5.00pm (UK) “Marionettes gesticulating on a badly-lit stage": modernist women write Vienna; Dr. Faith Binckes, Bath Spa University

7.00 pm (UK) Music in Secessionist Vienna: reconciling the high and the low; Dr. Charles Wiffen, Bath Spa University

Sunday March 21st

12.00pm (UK) Vienna and Wittgenstein’s Tractatus; Dr Arif Ahmed, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

2.00pm (UK) Freud and the genesis of psychoanalysis; Prof. Stephen Frosh, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

5.00pm (UK) The Vienna Circle and its significance; David Edmonds, author and broadcaster

6.00pm (UK) Plenary Session; Chaired by Dr Richard Stamp-Bath Spa University

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