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Globalization in Literature and the Arts

The term globalization is most commonly associated with economic and political processes that have gained momentum since the collapse of the 'old world order' after 1989. It refers both to geopolitical realignments as well as processes of economic imbrication that go under a number of mostly pejorative epithets such as 'Americanization', or 'standardization', and is understood to be the result and mirror of 'neoliberal', 'late-capitalist' processes of unrestrained expansion. The recent financial crisis brought on by the banking sector demonstrated to globalization's critics and defenders alike the extent of this interconnectedness. Arts and literature, which are as transnationally interwoven as political or economic phenomena, provide an important tool for reflections on these dynamics.

The aim of this joint project uniting scholars from literature, art history, music, theatre and film studies and historical geography is to interrogate globalization from new viewpoints. On the basis of symposia, workshops, visiting lectures and fellows it aims to create a continuing program of events that will establish the question of globalization as a central interdisciplinary research question for the humanities at the LMU. The project is predicated on a triple perspective: 1) it will examine how the arts and literature have been affected by globalization, 2) how they are and have been actively involved in these processes, 3) how our own disciplinary perspectives are themselves responding to and being influenced by the dynamics of post- and transnational realignment. A particular focus of the project will be on the combination of historical and contemporary dimensions.

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  • Kunst am CAS: Globale Künste, in: CAS Aviso 5 (2011), p. 1-3.