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CFP EAM 2016: Expressionist Prints: Investigating Artistic Techniques and the Creative Process

European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM), University of Rennes, France, June 1-3, 2016

Call for Papers for a panel on
Expressionist Prints: Investigating Artistic Techniques and the Creative Process

Chair: Isabel Wünsche, Professor of Art and Art History, Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany

Expressionism in literature, the visual arts, theatre, and film has fundamentally shaped European cultural identity throughout the first half of the 20th century and been identified with German artistic and intellectual culture in other European regions. However, within avant-garde studies Expressionism has often received less attention than Cubism, Futurism, and Constructivism because of its stylistically less unified artistic idioms and its more subjective-individual and supposedly less radical stance.

This panel on Expressionist prints at EAM 2016 seeks to investigate the cultural energies released by Expressionist forces throughout greater Europe in the first half of the 20th century. Discussion will center on the revival and adaptation of graphic printing techniques such as, for example, woodcut and lithography by Expressionist artists and their exploration as a means for revealing heightened psychophysiological states of human being, which was often discussed in relation to new scientific discoveries in the emerging field of psychophysiological studies. Two aspects are of particular concern:

1) Expressionist explorations of graphic techniques and their expressive qualities as well as of related psychophysiological investigations into the creative process

2) the reception of Expressionist prints and the artistic discourses evolving around it in the various European regions

The panel invites papers on the exploration and reception of Expressionist printing techniques in the German-speaking world as well as in regions such as Scandinavia, the Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Southern Europe.

Please send your abstracts until August 21, 2015 to

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