Neue Texte - Part 20

posted by PP on 2006/03/24 11:05

[ Neue Texte ]

Spacesofidentity - the multidisciplinary web-journal dedicated to issues of tradition, cultural boundaries and identity formation in Central and Eastern Europe - has a new home and is now housed at York University’s Canadian Centre for German and European Studies. The latest issue (Volume 6, Issue 1; don't get irrited by "April 2005 [!]"...) could be found at or, alternatively, at
To mark the move, this issue of spaces looks at the ‘oldness’ of the ‘new’ Europe and how the centrality of Europe has been reimagined and relocated on both sides of the former Iron Curtain and on both sides of the Atlantic.

It opens with a contribution that explores the question of what it might mean for a place to be, or to claim to be, the center of Europe. In Stoking the Heart of (a Certain) Europe: Crafting Hybrid Identities in the Ukraine-EU Borderlands [.pdf], Adrian Ivakhiv first navigates the complex portrayal of the Slovak-Polish-Ukrainian-Belarusian-Lithuanian borderlands in Stanislaw Mucha’s documentary Die Mitte (The Center), which brims with many such 'centers,' most of which happen to be textbook cases of near-total marginality. He then compares Mucha's lighthearted Euro-borderland discourse with that of the avant-garde theatrical collective Gardzienice and Immersions, an exhibit marking Ukraine’s officially designated 'Year of Poland.'

Two sets of articles follow. Scott Spector in Hybridity and the Habsburg Jews [.pdf] shows up the limits of Homi Bhabha's concept of cultural hybridity by exploring the contexts of Prague, Bohemian, Moravian, Galician and Bukovinan German-speaking Jewish writers, while Andrew Gow similarly explodes assumptions about the ethnic and racial homogeneity of Central Europeans in North America: “I had no idea such people were in America!”: Cultural Dissemination, Ethno-linguistic Identity and Narratives of Disappearance [.pdf].

An analysis of current images of Austria's cultural identity by Cornelia Szabó-Knotik (“Liegst dem Erdteil Du inmitten, einem starken Herzen gleich”: How Central and/or European is Austria's Cultural Identity? [.pdf]) is then counterpoised with Karen Virag’s account of visits to Budapest's Statue Park and House of Terror [.pdf].


Senior Editor

Seitenwechsel. Geschichten vom Fußball. Hgg. v. Samo Kobenter u. Peter Plener. Wien: Bohmann 2008, 237 pp.
(Weitere Informationen hier)
Transcarpathica. Germanistisches Jahrbuch Rumänien 3-4/2004-2005. Hgg. v. Andrei Corbea-Hoisie u. Alexander Rubel. Bukarest/Bucuresti: Editura Paideia 2008, 336 pp.
[Die online-Fassung meines Einleitungsbeitrags "Thesen zur Bedeutung der Medien für Erinnerungen und Kulturen in Mitteleuropa" findet sich auf Kakanien revisited (Abstract / .pdf).]
Seitenweise. Was das Buch ist. Hgg. v. Thomas Eder, Samo Kobenter u. Peter Plener. Wien: Bundespressedienst 2010, 480 pp.
(Weitere Informationen hier wie da, v.a. auch do. - und die Rezension von Ursula Reber findet sich hier [.pdf].)
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