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Technologies, Cultural (Ex)Change and the Persistence of Place

Susan Ingram, Markus Reisenleitner and Cornelia Szabó-Knotik

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.
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 heißen Tränen – 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 The Sweet Hereafter – Markus Reisenleitner: Welcome to Class Europa: European Virtuosity and Global Virtuality in Mamoru Oshii’s Avalon.