Catch up: Ritzy, recuperative, critical
The Prokhorov Centre hosted a colloquium on hotels, spas, and resorts in cultural critiques (17-18 May 2018) called 'Ritzy, recuperative, critical: The representation of Central European hotels, spas and resorts in cultural critiques since circa 1900'.
About the event
As part of the colloquium, professor and best-selling author David Clay Large (UC Berkeley) gave a public lecture on: 'Muses in the Waters: The Cultural Landscape of the Grand Central European Spas, 1850-1933'.
David is the author of The Grand Spas of Central Europe: A History of Intrigue, Politics, Art, and Healing (2015).
The conference looked at literary and other artistic representations of Central European hotels, spas, and resorts, such as Baden-Baden, Karlsbad, and Marienbad. It explored the manifold ways in which these representations have served as foils for cultural critique.
The conference organiser was Seán Williams, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in German in the School of Languages and Cultures and BBC/AHRC Young Generation Thinker.