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PIIRS Global Seminar Vienna 2018
Vienna, Austria (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: PIIRS Program Type: Study Abroad (summer)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Time Away: Summer Housing options: Dormitory, Hostel/Hotel, Provided by Host Organization
Program Group: PIIRS Duration of Program: 6 to less than 8 weeks
Program Description:

Vienna: Birthplace of Psychoanalysis, Modernism, and World War I


Vienna, Austria, June 11 – July 21, 2018

Before 1918, Austria-Hungary was a world power that spread from the Mediterranean to Ukraine, and Vienna was one of the world’s capitals of art, culture and intellectual life. Along with Paris, London and Berlin, Vienna was a leading site for modernist innovation in fields as diverse as architecture (Adolf Loos), music (Arnold Schoenberg), painting (Gustav Klimt) and literature (Stefan Zweig). Most remarkably, Vienna was the birthplace of psychoanalysis and the urban space where Sigmund Freud lived and worked. By the end of World War I, Austria-Hungary had imploded, and the country was dismembered: The new Austrian Republic was a tiny fraction of the Empire, and it had to reinvent its identity as a small, landlocked nation. Economic and political crises during the 1920s and 1930s paved the way for what Freud called “the end of Austria” – the Anschluß, or annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938, when the country became the German province of Ostmark until the allies liberated it in 1945.
This seminar will offer an introduction to Viennese culture and history around the time of World War I by focusing on Freud’s work and on his relationship to modern culture, including literature, arts and politics. Our meetings will take place at the Freud Museum, in the very apartment where Freud lived and worked for over 30 years, but we will also explore museums and archives connected to twentieth-century Austrian history.
We will explore the cultural history of psychoanalysis and its relation to Austrian history. Our readings will include novels, plays and historical analyses. The seminar will feature weekly guest speakers who will lecture on topics as diverse as the history of communism in Vienna, the place of psychoanalysis in today’s world and the transformation of Austria from a world power into a small landlocked nation that often has thought of itself as a new Switzerland – a neutral country and a buffer between the East and West.
Our introduction to Viennese urban culture will include various outings: visits to the opera, the national theater, museums and the Imperial palace. In addition to the seminar meetings, students will be required to attend a German language course that will complement the content of the seminar with conversational tools and an introduction to German-Austrian culture.
This course fulfills the Literature and Arts requirement (LA) and counts as an elective for the Program in European Cultural Studies. It is open to freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Admission is by application and interview.
Contact: Jayne Bialkowski

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/13/2018 03/09/2018 06/11/2018 07/21/2018