ENAG Meeting Vienna 2017

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The proof of the pudding

Neo-avant-garde theory applied to neo-avant-garde texts

With good reason, the 20th century has been described as the century of the avant-gardes, regarding its aesthetic and even some of its political and scientific manifestations. While the historical avant-gardes (approx. 1910-1930) have received a good deal of theoretical attention, the post-war neo-avant-garde is still awaiting a thorough reappraisal of all its transdisciplinary and transnational aspects.
In the wake of the historical avant-garde, the neo-avant-garde undermined genre distinctions (especially those between essay, prose, and poetry) and distinctions between literature and non-literature (other media, arts, etc.). This complex mix challenges the extant textual methods for analysis, such as narratology and poetry analysis.
In 2016 a network of literary scholars from Belgium, France and Austria was set up to shed light on the European neo-avant-garde (ENAG) and discuss its transnational dynamics in biannual workshops. One central aim is to develop a methodology and a toolbox that match the experimental strategies of the texts under scrutiny.

The workshop in Vienna will address theoretical and methodological issues: Canonical theoretical texts on neo-avant-garde (Theodor W. Adorno, Peter Bürger, Hal Foster) will be used to re-read canonical texts of the respective neo-avant-gardist manifestations (Ivo Michiels, Kenneth Goldsmith, Peter Weiss, Konrad Bayer, Andreas Okopenko, Oswald Wiener, etc.). The objective of this endeavor is twofold:

  1. To reassess the respective artworks in relation to prevalent theories and
  2. To correct and amend the theories where it seems appropriate.


Thu, 6th April, 2017
Campus Altes AKH, Alte Kapelle, 1090 Wien
Time: 13:00 – 18:30

Hans Vandevoorde: General Introduction: What is the neo-avant-garde?
Lars Bernaerts: On Ivo Michiels
Lieselot De Taeye: On Collage & Montage
Thomas Eder: On Oswald Wiener
Roland Innerhofer, Georg Oberhumer: On Konrad Bayer

Fri, 7th April, 2017
Place: Literaturmuseum, Grillparzerhaus, 6 Johannesgasse, 4th floor, 1010 Wien
Time: 10:00 – 14:00

Vincent Broqua: On Kenneth Goldsmith
Inge Arteel: On Peter Weiss
Desiree Hebenstreit, Laura Tezarek: On Andreas Okopenko


This meeting is a collaboration of ENAG, Verein Neugermanistik, and the Department for German Studies at the University of Vienna
Funded by: Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna, Research Foundation