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'Bohemian Politics’ and the crisis of Europe: What literary reflections on MITTELEUROPA can teach us today

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 5 – 7pm

'Bohemian Politics’ and the crisis of Europe: What literary reflections on MITTELEUROPA can teach us today

Is Europe a community of humanist values or merely one of economical advantage? The European promise of cosmopolitanism, civil rights, mobility and solidarity has been both passionately defended and pronounced dead during periods of political crisis such as the two World Wars, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism, and most recently, the European refugee crisis.

This talk will focus on two Austrian authors, Stefan Zweig and Robert Menasse, and what their responses to the German idea of Mitteleuropa  (Central Europe) can teach us about the pitfalls of ‘Europeanness’ as a common identity marker and ethical imperative.

Dr Yvonne ZIVKOVIC holds an M.A. from Tübingen, Germany, plus an MPhil and a PhD in German and Comparative Literature (Columbia University, New York, 2016). She is currently the Alice Tong Sze Research Fellow (Postdoc) at Lucy Cavendish Collge, University of Cambridge.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Galbraith Seminar Room
Event Type: Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Postgrad, Faculty & Staff
Contact Name: Dr Clemens Ruthner
Contact Emailruthnerc@tcd.ie

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