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Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), Selfportrait, 1927

Thursday, March 15, 2007 - Saturday, March 17, 2007

Columbia University
New York, NY

Featuring papers on Leopold Staff,
Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy),
Stanislaw Przybyszewski, and Polish Decadent Music

Free and Open to the Public
For more information, please contact:
Kirsten Lodge at or
Jonathan Stone at
RSVP appreciated but not required.


Thursday, March 15, 6PM

Julius Held Auditorium, Barnard Hall, Barnard College
  • Victor Erofeyev, "Russian Decadence Is My Literary Motherland"
  • Reception

  • Friday, March 16

    Philosophy 301, Columbia University

    9-10 a.m. Breakfast

    10-11:30 a.m. - Precursors of Decadence
  • Chair/Discussant: Jonathan Stone, University of California, Berkeley
  • David Goldfarb, Barnard College, "Sacher-Masoch: Between the Romantic and the Decadent Sublime"
  • Elizabeth Valkenier, Columbia University, "Russian Realist Painters on Decadence: The Xenophobic Factor"
  • Michael Wachtel, Princeton University, "Vladimir Solovyov on Symbolism and Decadence"

  • 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. - Decadent Music and Drama
  • Chair/Discussant: Christopher Harwood, Columbia University
  • Steve Downes, University of Surrey, "On Polish Musical Decadence"
  • Anastassiya Andrianova, CUNY Graduate Center, "The Dionysian Lyre in Lesya Ukrainka's Orgiya"
  • Julia Przybos, Hunter College, CUNY, "Leopold Staff's Igrzysko (Game) in the European Context."

  • Lunch Break

    2:15-4:15 p.m. - story and Modernity
  • Chair/Discussant: Bernice Rosenthal, Fordham University
  • Kevin M. F. Platt, University of Pennsylvania, "Russian History and Decadent Temporality"
  • John McCole, University of Oregon, "Georg Simmel and the Central European Culture of Decadence"
  • Michael du Plessis, University of Southern California, "Decadent Commodities and Narrative Objects in Gustav Meyrink's 'Strange Tales' (Sonderbare Geschichte)"
  • Evgenii Bershtein, Reed College, "Why is Larion Shtrup an Englishman? Mikhail Kuzmin's Wings and European Decadence"

  • 4:30-6 p.m. -The Visual and Performing Arts
  • Chair/Discussant: Catharine T. Nepomnyashchy, The Harriman Institute and Barnard College
  • J. Trygve Has-Ellison, University of Texas at Dallas, "Janus-faced Decadents: Nobles and the Fine Arts in Fin-de-Siècle Germany"
  • Otto M. Urban, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, "In Morbid Colors (Part II): The Idea of Decadence and Art in the Bohemian Lands, 1880-1914"
  • Lynn Garafola, Barnard College, "Decadence and the Iconography of the Male Body in Diaghilev's Ballets Russes"
  • Olga Matich, University of California, Berkeley, 'Decadence and Dance: Synesthesia, Hysteria, Hybridity'

  • Saturday, March 17

    Philosophy 301, Columbia University

    9-10 a.m. Breakfast

    10-11:30 a.m. - The 1890s
  • Chair/Discussant: Kirsten Lodge, The Harriman Institute, Columbia University
  • John Malmstad, Harvard University, "Breviary of Decadence: The Early Verse of Valery Briusov"
  • Don La Coss, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, "Przybyszewski's Psychic Naturalism, Berlin/Kraków 1894-1901"
  • Neil Stewart, University of Bonn, "The Czech Journal Moderní revue and the Aesthetics of Decadence: The Uses and Usefulness of a Controversial Concept"

  • 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. - The Legacy of Decadence
  • Chair/Discussant: Carol Ueland, Drew University
  • George Gasyna, University of Illinois, "When Decadence Met the Avant-Garde: Witkacy, the Dwudziestolecie, and the Atrocity Museum"
  • Irene Masing-Delic, The Ohio State University, "Soviet Sophiology: Pil'niak's 'Trotskyite' Struggle with Decadence"
  • Polina Barskova, Hampshire College, "Against the Grain of Leningrad: Writing Decadent Petersburg of the 1930s"

  • The conference is sponsored by: The Harriman Institute of Columbia University, The department of Slavic Languages of Columbia University, The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of the University of California, Berkeley, and The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California at berkeley.

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