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RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelUrban Microcosms (1789–1940)
BeschreibungUrban Microcosms (1789–1940)

International Conference at Clifton Hill House, University of Bristol
14-16 September 2014

It is a commonplace of scholarship that modernity in literature and culture is bound up with city life. Yet public life in cities is not evenly distributed across the various urban spaces. It is concentrated in a variety of small locations – which may constitute the cities' cores (department stores, harbours), be located on their peripheries (parks, lunatic asylums), or outside them altogether (beaches). Besides, sheer acoustics can contribute to cities' spatial structuring and the formation of local identities (church bells, radio), and function as catalysts of modernity.

The conference aims at devising a comprehensive comparative phenomenology of these spaces – which we propose to call urban microcosms – for the period from 1789 to 1940. It will enable scholars working on social, urban, political, cultural, literary, art history and theory, across a broad range of regions, to exchange their thoughts and findings.

The conference is jointly organised by Margit Dirscherl (University of Bristol) and Astrid Köhler (Queen Mary University of London). For more information or to register, please send a message to or

The conference is generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust and Queen Mary University of London.


Monday, 14 September

14.00 Registration

14.30 Welcome

15.00 Keynote Lecture: Robert Lethbridge (Fitzwilliam, Cambridge): Jardins publics and Jardins privés: Fictions of Urbanity in 19th-century Paris

16.00 Tea & Coffee

16.30 David Darby (Western Ontario): “The place was teeming with people of every kind”: The Social Life of Berlin’s Tiergarten

17.00 Samuel Hamen (Heidelberg): “Who can behold this clutter with different wits”: Stefan George, “Stadtufer”

17.30 Charles Jones (Wolfson, Cambridge): Spanish Seaside Paintings: from Danger to Safety, 1880-1920

18.00 Oliver Brett (Leicester): Queer Documentary Cinema and the ‘lieu factice’

18.30 Roundtable

19.00 Dinner

Tuesday, 15 September

9.00 Keynote Lecture: Sven Hanuschek (LMU, Munich): “What does New York City denote anyway? Big city is big city. I have been to Hanover often enough”: Relations of Urbanity and Rusticity in Arno Schmidt

10.00 Cristina Sasse (Gießen): ”For public business or amusement”: Places and Spaces of Urbanity in Town Directories, 1760‐1820”

10.30 David Peleman (Ghent): Les Hommes de la Route dans le Boudoir: the Road Conference as Urban Microcosm and the Emergence of an Urban Society (1910-1938)

11.00 Tea & Coffee

11.30 Andrea Penso (Padua): Views of Italian Urban Microcosms in Giacomo Leopardi’s Works

12.00 Botakoz Kassymbekova (TU, Berlin): New Temples: Restaurants as Places of Modern Urbanity in Russian Fin de Siècle

12.30 Lucy Duggan (Oxford/Prague): ‘Kafka didn’t often come to the café’: the Role of the Café in the Mythologisation of Prague German Literature

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Marija Djokic (LMU, Munich):”The Happiest Corner of Belgrade”: Brana’s Orpheum (1899-1914)
Carmen Bartl (NYU, New York City): Freud’s Couch: between Public Catharsis and Private Theatre

14.30 Markus Schiegg (Bristol): Patient Narratives as Distorted Mirrors to a Heterotopia: 19th-Century Letters from a ‘Lunatic Asylum’

15.30 Tea & Coffee

16.00 Louise Zbiranski (Frankfurt): The Strange Continuity of an Urban Microcosm: the French National Garde under the Second Empire (1852- 1870)

16.30 Sine Birkedal Nielsen (Glasgow): Fragmenting Paris: Benjamin’s Urban Aesthetics

17.00 Roundtable

17.30 Time for a Walk in the Park

19.00 Dinner

Wednesday, 16 September

9.00 Keynote Lecture: Esther Leslie (Birkbeck, London): Waves and Globes in Walter Benjamin’s Microcosmic Cities

10.00 Elio Baldi (Warwick): For whom tolls the bell? An Exploration of the Changing Meaning of Church Bells in 19th- and 20th-century Literary Descriptions of Cities

10.30 Cristina Spinei (Iasi, Romania): ‘Small’ Czernowitz on the Backdrop of ‘Big’ Vienna: the German-language Press in the Bukovina

11.00 Tea & Coffee

11.30 Godela Weiss-Sussex (IMLR, London): The Department Store as Habitat of the Sophisticated Urbanite: Georg Hermann’s Der kleine Gast (1924)

12.00 Johanna Bundschuh-van Duikeren (FU, Berlin): Harbouring Urbanity

12.30 Simone Sauer-Kretschmer (Bochum): Sex in the City: Brothels, Borders and Thresholds in Modern Literature

13.00 Roundtable

13.30 Lunch & Departure of Delegates
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortUniversity of Bristol
PersonName: Margit Dirscherl [Dr.] 
Name: Astrid Köhler [Dr.] 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol 
Strasse/Postfach: 17 Woodland Road 
Postleitzahl: BS3 1RE 
Stadt: Bristol 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literatursoziologie; Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
Zusätzliches SuchwortStadt; Großstadtliteratur
Klassifikation01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft; 01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > 01.03.00 Germanistik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.14.00 Literatursoziologie; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.11.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 13.00.00 Goethezeit; 13.00.00 Goethezeit > 13.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 13.00.00 Goethezeit > 13.13.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 14.00.00 Romantik; 14.00.00 Romantik > 14.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 14.00.00 Romantik > 14.11.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert; 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert > 15.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert > 15.07.00 Literarisches Leben; 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert > 15.14.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 16.00.00 Jahrhundertwende (1880-1914); 16.00.00 Jahrhundertwende (1880-1914) > 16.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 16.00.00 Jahrhundertwende (1880-1914) > 16.08.00 Literarisches Leben; 16.00.00 Jahrhundertwende (1880-1914) > 16.14.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945); 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.17.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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