Susan Laikin-Funkenstein
Department of Art History, UW-Parkside
End-of-Year Fellowship Report for 2005-06

My main research project during my tenure as a Center Fellow was to write my book, Visualizing Weimar Dance: Gender, Body, Modernity, the first book-length study of the vibrant cross-fertilization of art, dance, and popular culture in 1920s Germany. During the academic year, I wrote the introduction and made significant progress on the book proposal and on three sections of the book. Two of these book sections evolved into conference papers, which I also developed during the fellowship year. I shared the introduction with the other Center Fellows and benefited enormously from their feedback, on everything from overall argument to paragraph placement; I was especially appreciative of the Fellows’ adeptness in commenting upon a project and framework quite different from their own research and home disciplines. The release time from three courses (I teach six a year) enabled me to make progress on my research in ways that would otherwise have been impossible. While the Center speakers did not address my research topic directly, my work has benefited from the symposia and lectures in enriching my understanding of the theme of autonomy, a theme central in my writings.

conference papers
“Picturing Palucca: Abstraction, Mass Culture, and the Dancing New Woman at the Bauhaus,” Society of Dance History scholars Conference Banff, Canada, June 2006.

“The Bauhaus Parties: Where Popular Culture and Modernism Mingled,” German Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee, October 2005.

“A Man’s Place in a Woman’s World: Otto Dix, Social Dancing, and Constructions of Masculinity in Weimar Germany,” Women in German Yearbook, Volume 21 (2005), 163-91. (Article written before becoming a Center Fellow, but Center funds paid for image reproductions)


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