The 46th International Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies will explore the theme of 'Mediating Mountains.'
Taking place 22-24 November 2019 in Innsbruck, Austria, 'Mediating Mountains' sets out to explore mountains as objects and agents of mediation in all artforms and media, including painting, literature, theater, music, film, television, performance and video art, video gaming, photography, and architecture.
Mountains confront us in many guises. They visualize space and provide geopolitical orientations that address questions of historical, cultural, social, national, and individual identity. Mountains are subjects of philosophical reflections, environmental meditations, and ecocritical ontologies. They serve as means of spiritual invigoration, scientific experimentation, medical therapy, and recreation. They are also the sources and resources of technological and artistic innovations, of human and non-human exploitations. Mountain spaces are often borderlands and contested zones of war and migration. They are sites of tourism and industrialization, deposits of waste, and repositories of cultural memory. This polymorphous and fluid nature turns mountains into a "dynamic medium" (W.J.T. Mitchell) that both reflects and grounds subjectivities. Mountains are not only objects of reflection that mirror, archive, and project human and cultural investments, but they can also be conceived of as "hyperobjects" (Timothy Morton) that affect the ways we come to think about existence, earth, and society.
The conference is organized by the Austrian Association for American Studies (represented by Christian Quendler and Cornelia Klecker, University of Innsbruck) in cooperation with Appalachian State University, North Carolina. It will take place at the University of Innsbruck in the heart of the Austrian Alps.
CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Professor of Film and Television in the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London
Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Communications, Woodbury University, California
Interim Professor of North American Literature and Culture, University of Konstanz
PLENARY PANEL ON APPALACHIA
Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of English, Appalachian State University
Cameron D. Lippard
Professor and Interim Chair of Sociology, Appalachian State University
Associate Professor of History, Appalachian State University
To find out more, please visit the conference website.