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Cultures of Performance in Modern Austria: MALCA 2008

Sarah Bryant-Bertail (Drama)

George Bozarth (Music History)

Brigitte Prutti (Germanics)

Heidi Tilghman (Germanics)

Sabine Wilke (Germanics)

Project Overview

The goal of the Annual convention of the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association is to reflect on the shift in paradigm in the humanities as well as the social sciences from text-based models of culture to the notion of performance. Performance as an analytic concept should be particularly productive within Austrian context given the significance of theatricality in the Austrian cultural tradition.

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Call for Papers (Word doc)

Sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities, the Department of Germanics, and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

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Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 24
Simpson Center for the Humanities

6:00 pm: Wine and cheese reception (Communications 204)

7:30 pm: Lecture/Film (Communications 120)
Markus Hallensleben (University of British Columbia)
"Corporeal Topographies in Austrian Art Performances"

Welcoming remarks: Kathy Woodward (Director, Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington) and Sabine Wilke (Chair, Department of Germanics, University of Washington)

Friday, April 25
Ethnic Cultural Center

I. 8:30-10:15 am
(Coffee and snacks available in Black Room)

A. Music and opera (Chicano Room)
Chair: Manfred Bansleben (University of Washington)

Lyle Barkhymer (Otterbein College)
"The Conductor as an Iconic Figure in Austrian Culture in the Twentieth Century"

Kathleen Hulley (Stony Brook University)
"Performing Travesty in Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Der Rosenkavalier"

Walter Kreyszig (University of Saskatchewan)
"Enhancing the Zusammenhang and the Fasslichkeit in Anton von Webern’s Variations for Piano, op. 27: Peter Stadlen’s Annotations of Webern’s Oral Instructions on Performance Practices"

Katherine Hirt (University of Washington)
"The Fiddler’s Aesthetic Reasoning: Grillparzer, Hanslick and Musical Performance Practices in Nineteenth-Century Vienna"

B. Performance Art (Asian/Pacific Islander Room)
Chair: Martin Rauchbauer (Austrian Cultural Forum)

Brechtje Beuker (University of Minnesota)
"Exceptio Artis or How to Subvert the Performance of State Power"

Stefan Krammer (University of Vienna)
"Perfor(m)ierungen: Kunst und/als Revolution in der Wiener Avantgarde"

Monika Schwärzler (Webster University)
"Performativität und Präsenz in Elke Krystufeks Werk"

Olaf Berwald (University of North Dakota)
"Textual Dance: Anja Utler’s Poetry as Performance"

II. 10:30-12:00

A.  Performative Transformationen des Trans/Nationalen (Chicano Room)
Chair: Imke Meyer (Bryn Mawr College)

Katharina Pewny (Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Graz)
"Valie Export, E. Jelinek, E. Schleef, C. Schlingensief: Auf- und Abbau des 'Österreichischen' in Theater, Performance- und Videokunst"

Sabine Kock (University of Vienna)
"Aktuelle Transformationspraktiken des Politischen im freien Theater/Tanz/Performance/Oper"

Gini Müller (Akademie der Bildenden Künste and University of Vienna)
"Possen des Performativen. Aktivismus und queere Politiken"

B. Staging the Self (Asian/Pacific Islander Room)
Chair: Clifford Albrecht Bernd (UC Davis)

Wolfgang Nehring (UCLA)
"Die Selbstinszenierung Peter Altenbergs"

Maximilian Aue (Emory University)
"Inszenierts Absichtslosigkeit: Zur Funktion des Furlani in Hugo von Hofmannsthals Der Schwierige"

Pamela Saur (Lamar University)
"Performance in Joseph Roth's Novel Zipper und sein Vater"

12:00-1:00  pm: Lunch (Salad buffet, Black Room)

III.  1:00-2:30 pm

A.   Hidden Haneke (Chicano Room)
Chair: Heidi Tilghman (University of Washington)

Imke Meyer (Bryn Mawr College)
"Displaced Enactments of Critique: Haneke's Cultural Translations"

Neil Christian Pages (SUNY Binghamton)
"Performing Absence: Memory and Desire in Haneke’s Caché"

Oliver Speck (Virginia Commonwealth University)
"Thinking the Event: The Virtual in Haneke's Films"

B.  Burgtheater/Welttheater (Asian/Pacific Islander Room)
Chair: Jane Brown (University of Washington)

Clifford Albrecht Bernd (UC Davis)
"Grillparzer's Culture of Performance"

Vincent Kling (La Salle University)
"More Austrian than the Austrians: The Stage Manager in Max Ophuls' Film of Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde"

Katherine Arens (University of Texas at Austin)
"Performing as Reforming: Schnitzlers World Drama"

IV.  2:45-4:15 pm

A.  Performing Old and New Identities (Chicano Room)
Chair: Daniel Gilfillan (Arizona State University)

Christina Guenther (Bowling Green State University)
"Performing Ethnicity: Doron Rabinovici and Ruth Beckermann's Representations of Cosmopolitan Viennese"

Nikhil Sathe (Ohio University)
"Performing Eastern Europeans in Recent Austrian Cinema"

B. Ritual and Theater: Thomas Bernhard (Asian/Pacific Islander Room)
Chair: Brigitte Prutti (University of Washington)

Robert Whalen, Queen's University of Charlotte
"Desperate Rituals: Performance as Liturgy in Thomas Bernhard's Prose Fiction"

Simon Walsh (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
"Performance and Performativity in the Late Work of Thomas Bernhard"

Morgan Koerner (College of Charleston)
"Clowning around with Thomas Bernhard: Der Theatermacher in Performance"

4:45-6:00 pm: Reception at Simpson Center for the Humanities (Communications 204)

6:00-7:30 pm: Keynote Address (Communications 120)
Herbert Blau (University of Washington)
"From the DreamWork of Secession to the Orgies Mystery Theater"

Welcoming remarks by Martin Rauchbauer (Austrian Cultural Forum) and Bernhard Faustenhammer (Deputy Consul General, Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles)

Introduced by Sarah Bryant-Bertail (University of Washington)

Saturday, April 26
Simpson Center for the Humanities

V. 8:30-10:15 am (Coffee and snacks available in Communications 204)

A.  Austrian Media and Political Culture (Communications 226)
Chair: Eric Ames (University of Washington)

Susanne Hochreiter (University of Vienna)
"…und löste sich wieder in Bewegung auf." Zur Performativität der Donnerstagsdemonstrationen (2000-2006/0?)"

Daniel Gilfillan (Arizona State University)
"Broadcast Space as Performance Space: Austrian Networked Radio in Post-1989 Europe"

Todd Herzog (University of Cincinnati)
"Life under Surveillance: Morality and the Media in the Cinema of Michael Haneke"

B.  Bodies in Performance (Communications 202)
Chair: Heidi Schlipphacke (Old Dominion University)

Anne C. Reitz (University of Houston)
"Objects of Masculine Misrepresentation in the Plays of Johann Nestroy"

Ian W. Wilson (Centre College)
"'Begreifen können wir es nicht!': Performing Sexual Normalcy in Elfriede Jelinek's Die Klavierspielerin"

Andrea Bandhauer, University of Sydney
"Text und Körper in Performanz: Die Klavierspielerin in Michael Hanekes Film"

VI. 10:30-12:00

A. The Queerness of Performance
(Communications 226)

Chair: Andrea Gogrof-Voorhees (Western Washington University)

Heidi Schlipphacke (Old Dominion University)
"What's So Queer about Sissi?"

Irene Fussl (University of Salzburg)
"Hosenrolle und Kastrat"

Anna Babka (University of Vienna)
"Judith Butler und die Performativität von Geschlecht—eine Perspektivierung für die Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften!?"

B.  Language, Voice and the Law
(Communications 202)

Chair: Lyle Barkheimer (Otterbein College)

Karl Ivan Solibakke (University of Düsseldorf)
"'Fest steht der Schrei': Zur Performativität der Wahrheit in Ingeborg Bachmanns Ein Wildermuth"

Angelika Baier (University of Vienna)
"HipHop: Performative Dimension der Sprache"

12:00-1:30 pm
Lunch (boxed lunch, pick-up in Communicatiosn 204)

MALCA Executive Committee Meeting (Communications 202)

Video screening: Die Verwandlung (Ip Wischin's stage performance)
(Communications 226)

VII. 1:30-3:00 pm

A. Politics and Performance (Communications 226)
Chair: Lorely French (University of the Pacific)

Allyson Fiddler (Lancaster University, UK)
"Performing Politicians/Politicians Performing"

Alexander Prenninger, University of Salzburg
"Rituals of Liberation: Commemorating in Concentration Camp Memorials"

B.  Identity and Performance (Communications 202)
Chair: Vincent Kling (La Salle University)

Gary Schmidt (University of West Georgia)
"Performing in Handcuffs: Leo Perutz's Zwischen neun und neun"

Francis Michael Sharp (University of the Pacific)
"Performing Madness: Thomas Bernhard's Die Mütze"

Ed Larkin (University of New Hampshire)
"Eugenie Kain and an Identity of Performativity"

C.  Translation/Transformation (Communications 120)
Chair: Gabi Eichmanns (University of Washington)

Ruth V. Gross (North Carolina State University)
"The Metamorphosis of a Text: Gregor Samsa on Stage"

Susan C. Anderson (University of Oregon)
"Translation as Performance in Ransmayr's Die letzte Welt"

VIII.  3:15-4:45 pm

A.  Histories and Identities (Communications 226)
Chair: Katherine Arens (University of Texas, Austin)

Peter Pfeiffer (Georgetown University)
"Performing History: Grillparzer's Ein Bruderzwist in Habsburg and Ebner-Eschenbach's Die Freiherren von Gemperlein"

Michaela Grobbel (Sonoma State University)
"Staging Social Memory: Romani Theater in Vienna"

B.  Consumption of Violence (Communications 202)
Chair: Helga Schreckenberger (University of Vermont)

Beret Norman (Boise State University)
"Performing Consumerism in Barbara Albert's Film Böse Zellen (2004)"

Nele Hempel-Lamer (California State University, Long Beach)
"Performing Violence: Women as Victims and Perpetrator of Violence in Margret Kreidl's Works"

Heike Henderson (Boise State University)
"Performing Cannibalism: Werner Schwab's ÜBERGEWICHT, unwichtig: UNFORM"

C.  Jewish Austrian Culture (Communications 228)
Chair: Joseph Moser (Washington and Jefferson College)

Hillary Hope Herzog (University of Kentucky)
"Staging Satire: Elfriede Jelinek and the Tradition of Viennese-Jewish Literature"

Kirsten A. Krick-Aigner (Wofford College)
"Austrian Literature in the Context of the Book Discussion Series Jewish Literature: Let’s Talk About It"

6:00 pm:
Dinner (Open to all registered conference participants, Burke Museum lobby)

MALCA Business Meeting

The Burke Museum is open to dinner guests prior to serving (5:30-6:00 pm).

8:00 pm: Chamber Music Concert (Brechemin Auditorium, Music Building)

Gallery Concerts: Music in Intimate Settings presents

Viennese Classics with Stanley Ritchie, a concert of chamber music masterpieces for strings and piano by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven

7:15 pm: Pre-concert (Brechemin Auditorium, Music Building)
George Bozarth (University of Washington School of Music)
"Composers and their Piano Makers"

Sunday, April 27, 2008
Simpson Center for the Humanities

IX. 8:30-10:00

A. Gender and Detection (Communications 226)
Chair: Maria Regina Kecht (Rice University)

Anita McChesney (University of Notre Dame)
"Visuality and Performance in the Detective Novel"

Helga Schreckenberger (University of Vermont)
"'Ideales Theater': Lilian Faschingers Magdalena Sünderin"

Laura McLary (University of Portland)
"Doing Detective in Lilian Fashinger's Stadt der Verlierer"

B. Contemporary Austrian Theater
(Communications 202)

Chair: Morgan Koerner (College of Charleston)

Christine Kiebuzinska (Virginia Tech)
"Crashing Against Walls: Elfriede Jelinek's Princess Plays"

Julia Weber (Free University of Berlin)
"Die Dekonstruktion der Dekonstruktion: Nicolas Stemann inszeniert Elfriede Jelinek"

X. 10:15-11:45

A. Austrian Cultural Politics (Communications 226)
Chair: Allyson Fiddler (Lancaster University, UK)

Jacqueline Vansant (University of Michigan, Dearborn)
"Performing Austrian Identity: The Lipizzaner in Literature and Film"

Scott Messing (Alma College)
"Performance and Politics during the Schubert Centenary of 1897" 

Anne Florence Loose (University of Salzburg)
"Österreich inszeniert"

B. Ethics and Theatricality: Robert Musil (Communications 202)
Chair: Maximilian Aue (Emory University)

Stefan Kutzenberger (University of Vienna)
"Die Auto-Performanz eines Buchtitels: Wie Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften zum geflügelten Wort wurde"

Gioia Valdemarca (University of Triest)
"(Un)mögliche Performanz? Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften als Bühnenbearbeitung"

Sebastian Hüsch (University of Basel)
"Robert Musil: Schreiben als Akt performativer Ethik—oder warum das Böse ethischer sein kann als das Gute"

12:00   Boxed lunches (pick up in Communications 204)

End of Conference

Conference Information

A block of rooms has been reserved for MALCA attendees at the Hotel Deca. The group rate of $125 is available through March 9, 2008. For reservations, call 1-800-899-0251 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. pst Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. pst Saturday and Sunday.  Reservations are accepted by fax at 1-206-545-2103 or email at

To guarantee rate and room type, please give name of the group (MALCA) and arrival date. If you prefer to stay elsewhere, several other accomodations are listed in the guide to local hotels below.

Map of conference locations
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