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Figurations of Transition

Art and science can generally be considered as those areas in which “life” as such is contemplated, and particularly where reflections on the preconditions and possibilities of one’s own practice take place.

The focus area FIGURATIONS OF TRANSITION addresses the zones and dynamics between life and death, individual and collective, art and life. It is dedicated to the shapes and forms of the transitory in the arts as well as in cultural imagology, and contours the stations of a cultural history of the creative and the destructive, of beginning and end.




Image credits: Hans Pollhammer, untitled (Ahoy), acrylic, 2008, detail.

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"Figurations of Transition: Writings on Knowledge and the Arts” publishes both individual volumes and Miscellanies essays, contributions to events, reviews, reports, essays (https://transition.hypotheses.org).


Teaching at the focus area Figurations of Transition is closely linked to research and artistic practice: conferences, workshops, lectures and exhibition projects are often integrated into teaching. Students are thus involved in the exchange between research and artistic practice. Teaching, research and education are in a constant interaction.
Our focus area is supported by scholars and artists from the Mozarteum University and the University of Salzburg, the so-called ‘core group’. Its members come from the visual and performing arts as well as from literature, cultural studies and the arts. They organize events at the focus area and teach courses.

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Here you will find publications that were supported by the focus area "Figurations of Transition" and/or resulted from events organized by the focus area.

Kuon, Peter / Laville, Béatrice / Magne, Élisabeth / Winter, Susanne Winter (Hrsg.): Polémiquer - Provoquer - Scandaliser, Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux 2019.

Bleuler, Anna Kathrin / Kern, Manfred / Kuon, Peter (Hrsg.): Poesie des Widerstreits. Heidelberg: Winter 2020.

Deutschmann, Peter / Herlth, Jens / Woldan, Alois (eds.): “Truth” and Fiction: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in Eastern European Culture and Literature. Bielefeld: transcript 2020 (= Culture & Theory, 193).

Ehrmann, Daniel / Wolf, Norbert Christian (Hrsg.): Der Streit um Klassizität. Polemische Konstellationen vom 18. bis ins 21. Jahrhundert. Wien u.a.: Böhlau 2020.

Haitzinger, Nicole / Kollinger, Franziska (Hrsg.): Harlekinaden. Beiträge zum Aspekt des Polemischen in den szenischen Künsten. München: epodium 2020 (=Tanz & Archiv – Forschungsreisen. Auftritte und Theoria ästhetischen Wissens, 9).

Brandt, Sigrid (Hrsg.): Massen Sterben – Wege des Erinnerns an zwei Weltkriege in europäischer Perspektive. Berlin: Hendrik Bäßler 2021.

Haitzinger, Nicole / Kolb, Alexandra (eds.): Post-Utopia and Europe in the Performing Arts. München: epodium 2021. Das Buch wird auch als E-Book verfügbar sein.

Degner, Uta / Gürtler, Christa (Hrsg.): Gespenstischer Realismus. Texte von und zu Kathrin Röggla. Wien: Sonderzahl 2021.

Assinger, Thomas / Ehrmann, Daniel (Hrsg.): Gelehrsamkeit(en) im 18. Jahrhundert. Autorisierung – Darstellung – Vernetzung. Heidelberg: Winter 2021 (=Beihefte zum Euphorion. Zeitschrift für Literaturgeschichte, 116).

Degner, Uta / Gürtler, Christa (Hrsg.): Elfriede Jelinek: Provokationen der Kunst. Berlin: De Gruyter 2021.

Haitzinger, Nicole / Kolb, Alexandra (eds.): Dancing Europe. Identities, Languages, Institutions. München: epodium 2022.