Stefan Zweigs Transatlantic ConnectionsPapers are invited for an international Stefan Zweig Symposium to be held at SUNY Fredonia on Oct 1-3 2009. This symposium, the first major scholarly event on Zweig to take place in the United States in over two decades, intends to bring together scholars, artist, critics, and students from around the world to discuss Zweigs life and works. It will include keynote lectures by Klaus Weissenberger (Rice University) and Zweig biographer Oliver Matuschek as well as a manuscript exhibition with archival materials from SUNY Fredonias extensive Stefan Zweig collection. The symposium will also feature the United States premiere of Sylvio Backs award-winning feature film Lost Zweig (2003) in the presence of the director.
Whereas recent Zweig symposia in Berlin and Jerusalem have focused their attention primarily on Zweigs relationship to Europe, the SUNY Fredonia symposium hopes to particularly attract papers that explore Zweigs transatlantic connections, i.e. the way in which his writings establish a dialoguemuch like the first successful transatlantic telegraphic exchange that so much fascinated the Austrian modernist himselfbetween Europe (both British and Continental) and the Americas. Possible topics of exploration include:
Zweigs categorization of Brazil as the land of the future
Zweig and exile
Zweigs reception in Europe and in the United States
Representations of the old and the new world in Zweigs works
Zweig and world literature
All paper presentations will be plenary. There is no registration fee for this conference.
Scholars are also kindly invited to prolong their stay after the symposium to do research at SUNY Fredonias Stefan Zweig Archives.
Please send a 500-word abstract of your paper to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15 2009. Participants will be notified by May 30 2009.
Birger Vanwesenbeeck, Department of English, SUNY Fredonia
Jeremy Linden, Head of Archives, SUNY Fredonia
Conference Location: Fredonia, NY, USA
Conference Starts: October 01, 2009
Conference Ends: October 03, 2009
CFP Submission Deadline: May 15, 2009
For more information, contact: Birger Vanwesenbeeck