This talk will focus specifically on the notion of Nazi antimodernism, identifying how the idea originated in Cold-War writings striving to equate Socialist Realism with a Nazi aesthetic and to contrast these with Western tolerance for artistic experimentation. Instead, prevailing attitudes insisted that expressionism and Neue Sachlichkeit in particular were targeted and eliminated by Nazi ideologues. In doing so, however, they had to alter the histories and definitions of these aesthetic trends, first in the visual arts and then in often vague and inconsistent parallels in music.
In Pamela M. PotterPhD, Professor of German, University of Wisconsin, caused a sensation with her fundamental book on musicology under National Socialism and concentrates on relating the arts and the writing of cultural history to single minded define, political, social, and economic conditions, focusing 20th-century Germany.
The IDEA Lectures bring together internationally renowned voices taking up questions of musical production and reception from a wide variety of perspectives. Musicologists from all disciplines are involved as well as musicians, psychologists, cognitive scientists, sociologists, philosophers and ethnologists.
The talk will be held in English.
External guests are welcome.