Call for papers: Workshop Cultures of Spectacle

Date: 3 June 2019

Venue: CegeSoma - Luchtvaartsquare 29 - 1070 Anderlecht

Organization / co-organization: Scientific Research Community 'Cultures of Spectacle'

Short description: This workshop, organised by the Scientific Research Community 'Cultures of Spectacle' in collaboration with CEGESOMA

Call for papers: Workshop Cultures of Spectacle in German-occupied Belgium. Parallels and Differences between the First and the Second World War. ‚Äč

This workshop, organised by the Scientific Research Community ‘Cultures of Spectacle’ in collaboration with the Belgian Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (CEGESOMA), wants to bring together scholars doing research on cultures of spectacle (film, theatre, opera, music) in German-occupied Belgium, in the Great War (1914-1918) but also in the Second World War (1940-1944). Research focusing on other leisure activities (social events, sports associations, book clubs, going to the pub) and cultural events (exhibitions, fairs) is also welcomed. A focus on occupied Belgium, however, is key.

The workshop intends to bring an overview of ongoing and past research, but also to stimulate the development of new and cross-disciplinary research designs. Research focussing exclusively on one time period (1914-1918 or 1940-1944) or on one form of spectacle (for instance, opera performances or magic lantern screenings) is most welcome and will probably form the basis of most presentations. Nevertheless, this workshop has the outspoken ambition not just to bring scholars from different disciplines together, but also to stimulate them to break down the proverbial walls. Therefore, the organizers particularly welcome proposals with a comparative approach, such as comparison between opera performances in Brussels in  both time periods (1914-1918 versus 1940-1944). Or such as a comparison between the German cultural policy towards music performances versus the policy versus theatre performances, during the same time period. This call for papers is launched well in advance, in order to give scholars the opportunity to prepare themselves and to undertake some new or additional research activities. The organisers also welcome proposals about research that is still in progress.

Conference Organisation Committee: Leen Engelen (LUCA  - KU Leuven), Chantal Kesteloot (Cegesoma) and Roel Vande Winkel (KU Leuven  - LUCA).

Advisory Scientific Committee: Sophie De Schaepdrijver (Penn State University), Emmanuel Debruyne (Université Catholique de Louvain), Christophe Pirenne (Liège Université),Bénédicte Rochet (Université de Namur), Christel Stalpaert (Universiteit Gent), Hans Vandevoorde (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Karel Van Haesebrouck (Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Université libre de Bruxelles), Kurt Vanhoutte (Universiteit Antwerpen), Christophe Verbruggen (Universiteit Gent).

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