CFP: [International] TRANSNATIONALISM AND VISUAL CULTURE IN BRITAIN : ÃMIGRÃS AND MIGRANTS 1933 TO 1956

full name / name of organization: 
Tobias Hochscherf
contact email: 
tobias.hochscherf@northumbria.ac.uk

Call for Papers
TRANSNATIONALISM AND VISUAL CULTURE IN BRITAIN : ÉMIGRÉS AND MIGRANTS 1933
TO 1956
9-11 September 2009
Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2008

Keynotes:

Dr Marian Malet
(Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, University of London)

Brigitte Mayr and Michael Omasta
(Synema - Gesellschaft für Film und Medien, Vienna)

Historically British visual culture has been shaped by trans-cultural
cooperation, exiles, émigrés and migrant workers. Besides multi-faceted
collaboration across geographical and cultural boundaries, the political
situation in the mid-twentieth century in continental Europe prompted
various migration movements. Many professionals, artists and intellectuals
left their home countries as a response to the establishment of
totalitarian regimes first by Italian, German and Spanish fascists and
later by communists in central and Eastern Europe. Others arrived in
Britain almost by chance – caught out by war or redrawn national
boundaries. To a significant number Britain offered a new – often permanent
– home. Among the large group of émigrés who helped to change the face of
visual culture in Britain were film producers such as Alexander Korda, art
historians such as Nikolaus Pevsner, filmmakers such as Karel Reisz and
Lotte Reiniger, ceramic designers such as Grete Loebenstein and Agnete Hoy,
architects such as Walter Gropius and Erich Mendelsohn, avant-garde artists
such as László Moholy-Naghy, and photographers such as Bill Brandt.

This international and interdisciplinary conference looks at the cross-
fertilisation and trans-national contact of British visual culture from the
year the Nazis seized power in 1933 to the uprising in Hungary in 1956. Its
wide focus invites papers on the avant-garde as well as on popular culture,
centres of immigration as well as marginalised communities.

Presentations may feature analyses of individual émigrés, trajectories of
migrants, specific studies of cross-cultural contacts, specific artefacts,
schools of thought and theory, places of migration and trans-national
cultural life, film, photography, material visual culture, fashion,
journalism, television, architecture, academic life, the avant-garde,
design, race, gender, national identities, etc.

Topics of trans-national aspects of visual culture in Britain not included
in the above list are also welcome. Panel proposals are also welcome but we
ask each presenter to submit his or her own paper proposal. Roundtable
sessions and international participation are strongly encouraged.

Please send 150-250 word proposals to

Dr Tobias Hochscherf & Professor Cheryl Buckley, Conference Co-organisers
Northumbria University
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Lipman Bldg.
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST
United Kingdom
Phone: ++44(0)191-227-4932
Email: tobias.hochscherf_at_northumbria.ac.uk
http://northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/sass

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