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Passages: Crossing the Borders between Arts and Cultures

International congress marking the 150th year of Heinrich Heine's and Robert Schumann's deaths in 1856
07-10 May 2006 in Düsseldorf

Organized by the Heinrich-Heine-Institut Düsseldorf, the
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf and the
Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf

Related to Heine and Schumann, the following topics can either be addressed with direct reference to the artists or with reference to a more general position that is pertinent to both. The individual contributions should be open to literary and musical questions, regardless of whether the papers concentrate on specific research issues within the fields or whether they are concerned with more general aspects that cross the borders of art and culture. 1. Section: Biographical and Working Spaces (Milieus) * Similarities and differences in the biographies of Heine and Schumann * Salons/publishers/Arts societies and associations/theaters * 19th century Jewish history and culture * Politics * The business of culture und the rise of virtuosity * The commercialization of art 2. Section: Music, Image and Literature: Interpretations and Media Theories * Artistic concepts and images of artists * Terms of genius and artistic inspiration * Transcending genres * Intermediality: music, image, dance, literature * "Poetical music" und "musical poetry" * The end of classical art and the beginnings of modernism * Erdgeister und Himmelsmaechte: Peri, Undine and other fairytale motifs in music and literature 3. Section: Artistic and cultural criticism. Heine and Schumann as Critics * Topographical considerations for artistic criticism: international, national and regional * Objects of criticism: literature -- music -- visual arts * Figures in criticism: Goethe, Jean Paul, Chopin, Liszt, Delacroix etc. * The media of criticism: journals, newspapers etc. * Hindrances to criticism: censure, bans 4. Section: Late Works 1848-1856 -- Political Crisis, Illness und Death * The failure of the 1848 Revolution * Resignation * Religion * Art as illness / art as therapy * Imaginary spaces * Popularity und exclusivity in Heine's and Schumann's aesthetic concepts Abstracts (1 page in length and clearly marked "Heine-Schumann-Kongress") may be submitted by 15 September 2005 as indicated below: Post: Heinrich-Heine-Institut, Bilker Straße 12-14, 40213 Düsseldorf e-mail: bernd.kortlaender@stadt.duesseldorf.de Back to top of page
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