Dr. Trygve Has-Ellison, “Janus-faced Modernity: German Nobles and the Shaping of Fin-de-siècle Artistic Modernism 1890-1914”

Date(s) - 11/02/2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Katz Hall, #101


How did the nobility – a politically and socially traditionalist cultural formation – produce members of their caste who embraced artistic modernism?

Has-Ellison Aristocrats NewsMembership in the aristocracy does not preclude having individual tastes and interests; and aristocrats have been coopting new trends and ideas since the Renaissance. But modernists in German-speaking Central Europe went to great lengths to create elite institutions that defined taste through exclusion much like the aristocracy. The modernist nobility is thus more than an interesting curiosity: their filtered, ersatz form of aristocratic consciousness permeates many of our contemporary cultural institutions and practices.

UMKC Guest Professor Dr. Trygve Has-Ellison – also of the U. S. State Department and currently visiting at the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth – will help us to understand the relationship between the modernist nobility and our attitudes about high art while also liberating these figures from the monocle wearing, stiff-necked reactionaries of popular lore.  Join us on 2 November 2018 at 12 PM in Katz Hall 101 as part of the History Department’s “First Fridays” Lecture Series in New Historical Research.