The univie: winter school for cultural-historical studies offers six courses with 4 ECTS credits per course (corresponding to 32 contact hours). Each contact hour consists of 45 minutes classroom teaching. In the course of the two week program students can attend two courses and obtain up to 8 ECTS credits. Students can select one course during the early morning (8:30am –10:30am) and one during the late morning (10:50am –12:50pm). These are the six courses students can choose from:
Architecture and Design in Vienna around 1900
This architecture and design course will explore the relationship between architecture and society in Vienna 1900. It will examine how key protagonists including architects Otto Wagner, Carl König, Adolf Loos, Josef Hoffmann, and their students developed and fashioned the urban landscape. Our discussions will consider how the design of both the exterior and interior of Vienna’s major buildings relate to the evolution of different styles such as Historicism, Jugendstil, and modernism. The course will contextualize this art historical examination within the broader spectrum of cultural and professional networks and the critical role of the mass media in promoting and shaping modern design. The study of the cooperation of architects with artists, the flourishing modern design industries, and the fruitful, reciprocal exchange between fashion and design will help illuminate the critical relationship between modern design and the transformation of social and cultural patterns in Viennese society.
Art and Visual Culture at the Turn of the Century
The art course of the Winter School will deal with the cultural and intellectual achievements of a number of prominent representatives from the fields of fine art and applied art. It is the aim of the course to provide a multifaceted picture of what happened at the time, when art slowly embarked on the project of Modernism. The course will draw a line from Historicism, the style prevailing in the second half of the 19th century, to Art Nouveau, the style of the young, and will end with an outlook on the Austrian type of Expressionism. All these phenomena and developments will be viewed in the wider context of European art and visual culture.
Literature and Film in Vienna around 1900
Around 1900 the literary scene in Vienna was highly complex. In this course we will concentrate on the “Young Vienna”-school – a group of writers who embraced modern developments like psychoanalysis and dealt with formerly taboo topics like human sexuality. The author we will chiefly deal with is Arthur Schnitzler, however, we will also spend some time discussing writers like Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Karl Kraus. Besides, we will explore how this historical epoch was portrayed later in films.
Music and Musical Culture in Vienna around 1900
The musical culture in Vienna around 1900 is widely renowned for its exceptional creativity and innovative capacity. The protagonists and the achievements commonly associated with this vital period in music history – e.g. Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schönberg and his „Second Viennese School“ – for a long time also stood at the center of musicological research on 20th century music. In recent years, however, the perspective has been broadened substantially, mainly due to the impact of the intensified work on Viennese modernism in other humanities and in cultural studies. As a consequence, the musical culture in Fin de siècle-Vienna became visible as a complex phenomenon characterized by radical shifts as well as continuities with the past and even by contradictory tendencies.
Politics and Daily Life in Vienna around 1900
This course will try to give the students a survey of the social life in Vienna in the late 19th and beginning 20th century in different strata of society. The political structure and their changes form an important background for the life of the inhabitants of the monarchs. The list of historical developments starts with the revolution of 1848/49 and the long-term effect of this event and its ideas. The most important modifications of the monarchy like the wars in Italy 1859 and against Prussia in 1866 and the Balkan politics (culminating in the occupation and annexation of Bosnia-Herzegovina 1878 and 1908) will be shortly discussed. The crisis in 1914 and the beginning of the First World War – ending in the dissolution of the multinational Habsburg Monarchy – will be analyzed in the framework of the recent controversy in the year 2014 and the Imperial theory.
Society and Psychoanalysis in Sigmund Freud's Vienna
Around 1900, economic and social changes fostered deepening political and cultural conflicts. Emancipatory movements and mass phenomena demanded new approaches. Vienna was culturally highly complex and politically and socially divided. Religion and social conventions ceased to provide sufficient orientation. Mass movements and political demagogues characterized the public space. Psychoanalysis offered new ways of dealing with actual problems and found its way not only into psychiatry, into art, literature, and music but also into the emerging social sciences and political analysis. This was a radical reaction against traditional views of the world. Psychoanalysis would combine developments that had been around since the 18th century. The scientific exploration of intimate emotions and of areas that were once taboo – like infantile sexuality or the profane foundation of religion and the functioning of propaganda – was considered scandalous, but nevertheless gained a wide notoriety and eventually revealed dimensions of human behavior and cultural life commonly denied or concealed.