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B1 - Loci of Leisure in Greek and Roman Letters

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Zimmermann


Letters are a ‘decelerated’ medium of communication, a characteristic that is particularly apparent in the way in which these documents re-imagine their places of composition as loci of leisure (otium), e.g. as gardens, villas and libraries. Greek and Roman letters offer a good opportunity to study the discursive processes involved here, inter alia because spatial staging was a central concern of the rhetorical training received by all educated individuals of the time. We propose to examine three groups of letters from this particular perspective: letters with a philosophical or pedagogical orientation (e.g. Seneca and Libanius); those produced by the social elite (including Cicero and Pliny); and poetic letters (Horace, Ovid and others).


Staff:
Dr. Francesco Fiorucci
Dr. Franziska C. Eickhoff

 

B2 - Leisure Spaces in Courtly Residences: Topography and Form in Architecture and Nature

Prof. Dr. Hans W. Hubert


In the art-historical project ‘leisure’ will be treated as an epistemological category that enables inquiries into the specific nature of such spaces and into their mental use. At the centre of this study are the concrete architectural manifestations and their variable decorational forms that characterize leisure spaces in Italy and France, especially of the court residences originating in late mediaeval to baroque times. The aim of the project is to understand ‘leisure-places’ in secular building as an important component of courtly culture and to establish this category in the cultural history of architecture.


Staff:
Antonio Russo

 

B3 - ‘Performing Idleness’: British Theatre in the Eighteenth Century as a Space of Leisure, Idleness and Otium

Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik


In this project Muße is analyzed in the setting of the British theatre. The focus will be on the metatheatre and on the performative quality of idleness on the British stage and on the part of the various groups involved with theatrical production and reception (authors, actors, actresses, spectators). In the context of the professionalization of acting and writing for the stage and before the background of social developments that made the theatre a resort not only of entertainment but also of educative leisure and otium, the project will analyze various approaches to creativity and otiosity, also taking account of contemporary prints and discussions of idleness and otium in literary magazines as well as in poetry and novels.


Staff:
Dr. Kerstin Fest

 

B4 - Leisured Travel vs. Tourism: Individualism and Deceleration in British Travel Writing between 1840 and 1914

Prof. Dr. Barbara Korte


The project investigates British travelogues in period from 1840 to the outbreak of World War I in order to explore how deliberately slow and idle travelling counter-acted the advance of tourism during the decades before 1914. The project analyzes the spaces, performances, semantics and gender aspects of leisured travel, as well as the means of its literary articulation.


Staff:
Dr. Heidi Liedke

 

B5 - Loci of Imaginary Communication: Functions of Otiose Leisure in Bibliographical, Anthological, and Anecdotal Literature (16th through 19th century)

Prof. Dr. Ralph Häfner


Early modern approaches to otiose leisure are manifest in literary genres like „amoenitates?, „otia?, „bibliothecae?, florilegia, and compilations of anecdotes, along with their vernacular equivalents. The pivotal question of the research project focuses on the observation that works of the like manner produce loci of imaginary communication which enable otiose leisure by neutralizing the impact of time. Otiose leisure occurs in concrete locations which resist the pressure of terms, deadlines, and calendars. The „real? location of leisure (library, academy, salon etc.) creates loci of a communication which is imaginary exactly because it realizes time, not as a succession of facts, but as a concomitance of historically distinct facts simultaneously present in the “forgotten modes of perception and comprehension” (Fumaroli).


Staff:
Dr. Michael Multhammer