Keynote and Events
The conference keynote speech will be given by Professor David Luft,
a past president of the Austrian Studies Association, on the Friday morning
of the conference.
The Transformation of Austrian Intellectual Life:
David Luft is Horning Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Oregon State University and
Professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion. He received his PhD in European History from Harvard in 1973,
and his BA in comparative literature from Wesleyan (Conn.) in 1966. From 1972 to 2008 Luft taught in the Department of History
at the University of California, San Diego. His principal works are Robert Musil and the Crisis of European Culture: 1880-1942 (1980)
and Eros and Inwardness in Vienna: Weininger, Musil, Doderer (2003). He also translated and edited Musil's essays with Burton Pike
(Precision and Soul, 1990), and in 2011 he published a translation edition of Hofmannthal's essays:
Hugo von Hofmannsthal and the Austrian Idea: Selected Essays and Address, 1906-1927. Notable among Luft's essays are:
"Schopenhauer, Austria, and the Generation of 1905" (Central European History, 1983), "Being and German History: Historiographical Notes on the Heidegger Controversy"
(Central European History, 1994), "Bohemia and Austrian Intellectual History" (The Austrian History Yearbook, 2007),
and "Austrian Intellectual History before the Liberal Era: Grillparzer, Stifter, and Bolzano" (The Austrian History Yearbook, 2010).
He is currently writing a book on Austrian intellectual history: The Austrian Tradition in German Culture: 1740-1938/1939.