This volume collects papers put together by an interdisciplinary group of scholars from Central Europe, North America, and Asia to explore how the imaginary geo-cultural space of
Central Europe has acquired meanings over the past two centuries and how traveling images of an
othered cultural space – inserted into specific regional, national and social contexts and appropriated for negotiations of cultural identity and belonging as well as exclusion and colonization – have laid the basis for a cultural essentialism which thinks culture through space and negotiates cultural status through de-historicized notions of place and territory. It particularly focuses on the specific factors and forms of mediation that mobilize, inhibit or prevent culture/s from traveling. More specifically it asks for the technologies, media, and forms of representation that render im/possible cultural ex/change. The case studies are intended as probes into a wide variety of contexts. Approaches to the highly complex processes delineating cultural mobility, they interrogate the instability of cultural flows and attempt to determine how these flows are re-territorialized into stable spatialized forms of identification and imaginings of culture.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2006. XII, 235 pp., 9 fig.
Contents: Christina Baade: «Something Extra for the Boys»: «Radio Girl Friends», the BBC, and Forces Broadcasting,
1940-1944 – James Deaville: Selling the War in Iraq: Television News Music and the Shaping of American Public Opinion – Peter
Stachel: T-Shirts: Local and Global Connotations of a Deceptively Simple Piece of Textile – Michael Saffle: The Pleasures
(and Problems) of «Merely Circulating»: The Vienna Philharmonic’s Neujahrskonzerte – John C. Tibbetts: «An Unruly Completeness»:
Fritz Lehner’s Mit meinen heißenTränen – Cornelia Szabó-Knotik: The Creator, the Plunderer, the Object and
its Lovers: Austrian Global Musical Crossovers as a Floodgate of Significations across Times and Spaces – Srdja Pavlovic:
My Beloved Landscape: Naming the Self in the Balkans – Susan Ingram: Running on Empty: Berlin as a Chronotope of Persistence
in Run Lola Run – Andriy Zayarnyuk: L’viv über alles, an Eden for Intellectuals – Takenaka Toru: Foreign Sound
as Compensation: Social and Cultural Factors in the Reception of Western Music in Meiji Japan (1867-1912) – Simon Wood: Paying
the Piper: Mychael Danna’s Music for TheSweet Hereafter – Markus Reisenleitner: Welcome to Class Europa: European
Virtuosity and Global Virtuality in Mamoru Oshii’s Avalon.