Reflections

Reflections

Junior Visiting Fellows’ Conferences, Vol. XIX
IWM, Vienna 2006 [Published on the Web]

Edited by: Eoin O’Carroll

Contributions by: Asli Baykal, Greg Charak, Eoin O’Carroll, Emilia Palonen, Emily Rohrbach, and Astrid Swenson

Reflections. Preface

It is with great pleasure that I present to you these six papers, delivered at the IWM’s Junior Visiting Fellows conference on June 8, 2005. The papers were developed during a six-month fellowship granted to researchers whose areas of expertise are as diverse as the subject matters: The first paper is by Astrid Swenson, a …
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‘Heritage’ on Display:
Exhibitions and Congresses for the Protection of Ancient Monuments at the World’s Fairs 1855-1915

  This paper examines the role of the word’s fairs in the conceptualization of ‘cultural heritage’.[1] In 1851 Prince Albert initiated the world’s fair as a display of industrial progress, and history and ‘heritage’ entered the scene through the back door: by manufacturers putting the history of their products on display. The retrospective element was …
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City-Images in Contemporary Budapest:
The Mayor’s Nostalgia for the 19th Century Capital and Metropolis [1]

In my previous presentation at the IWM I dealt with the concept of ‘Europe’ in the city-image of Budapest. This time, I will deal with the 19th century city-image in the speeches of Budapest’s mayor Gábor Demszky. By ‘city-image’[2] I refer to the image of the city – an imagination and a construction. The administration …
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Disturbing “the torpid tranquillity of the soul”:
Austen’s Textual-Historical Critique

  In 1791, Jane Austen composed her History of England, covering about 250 years of English rule in about twenty-five pages: Henry the 5th This Prince after he succeeded to the throne grew quite reformed and amiable, forsaking all his dissipated Companions, & never thrashing Sir William again. During his reign, Lord Cobham was burnt …
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From Bolsheviks to Busheviks: The Uzbek Political Elite

Introduction: “Transition” to What? As in many postsocialist states, the buzzword in Uzbekistan in the last fifteen years has been “transition,” a term that obscures more than it illuminates. The common assumption is that the transition is from command economy to market economy and from authoritarianism to democracy. In many of these states, however, the …
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From the Urban Horizon to Logical Space: Notes On Contemporary Pedagogical Philosophy

I The first part of this essay attempted to portray an extraordinary, though often overlooked continuity in the history of social philosophy.[1] Understood as an attempt to dissolve intrigue through the clearing of occluded horizons, we compared the social-philosophical attempts of ancient Athens and turn-of-the-century Vienna by describing the affinities between reflection and reduction. In …
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How European States Export Censorship

When Austrian cartoonist Gerhard Haderer wrote and illustrated a book in 2002 satirizing the Gospels, he no doubt anticipated controversy.[1] He did not, however, expect to face time in a Greek prison. In his book titled The Life of Jesus, Haderer, best known for his biting caricatures in the German newsweekly Stern, depicts Jesus as …
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