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THE 16TH INTERNATIONAL STRINDBERG CONFERENCE "STRINDBERG: ART, SCIENCE, EXPERIMENT" Bonn, 16-18 October, 2008

       

THE 16TH INTERNATIONAL STRINDBERG CONFERENCE
"STRINDBERG: ART, SCIENCE, EXPERIMENT"
Bonn, 16-18 October, 2008

       

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Although literature may be said to have always been at the center of August Strindberg´s artistic universe, the Swedish writer was also constantly observing the other larger and smaller planets orbiting the cosmos of his curiosity: the visual arts, as well as photography, chemistry and alchemy, biology and geology, optics and astronomy. However, while a man of science would have been looking to find answers, Strindberg was more interested in opening up the field to new questions. What distinguished him from a clear-cut scientist, were his often unexpected approaches, his declared subjectivity, and his stunning originality.

The 16th International Strindberg Conference, which will be held in Bonn, aims to explore Strindberg´s wide range of interests further. As its title, "Art, Science, and Experiment", indicates, we want to pay particular attention to correspondences between, on the one hand, the scientific curiosity and the experimental side of Strindberg´s different activities, on the other, his writing. How did Strindberg´s observations and ´sensations´ - to use a key concept from the end of the nineteenth century - contribute to renewing genres and modes of writing? To what extent did Strindberg´s new dramaturgy answer to a world that had come to be regarded as a dynamic world, a world in constant flux? Can his search for similarities and correspondences perhaps be regarded as a counter-reaction to the compulsion of constant (technological and economic) innovation, presenting simultaneously a challenge and a resistance?

At a time when the non-observable - at least to the naked eye - became more and more crucial to any (scientific) explanations and theories of relativity and the unconscious conquered the world, Strindberg seems to have been acutely aware that aesthetics could no longer remain within a state of naivity.

Papers can be given in English, German, or Swedish . To apply: Fill in the application form; deadline June 14, 2008.

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