2020 Salzburg

The 2020  Historical Fictions Research Conference will be held the University of Salzburg, 21st and 22nd February 2020.

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Host: Dorothea Flothow

Theme: Forms of History



Keynote Speakers.

Dr Michael Brauer, University of Salzburg,  “Cooking up Salzburg”


Prof Dr Gerhard Kubik and Dr Moya Aliya Malamusi, University of Vienna,Gerhard Kubik and Moya A. Malamusi

Creative personalities and the intricacies of culture research

— A report about research project P 30718 – G 26,

Austrian Science Fund

(with audio-video extracts)

 and Kay-Michael Dankl from the Salzburg Museums.

Send abstracts to: historicalfictionsresearch@gmail.com by 1st September (no pdfs).

Registration: This year we will be using two ticketing systems, one for Sterling and one in the Eurozone. Please use whichever makes most sense for you.


  • Sterling: Waged, £70/Concessions, £40 (no booking fee) Helm ticketing here: http://bit.ly/2T8trmY
  • Euro: E85/ E40 (for this we are using bank transfer to reduce yours and our costs: details and tracking form here. Please make sure you fill in the form as it will ensure we can track your payment).

Site: we are using a brand new site with excellent mobility access, and will be using hotels in the near vicinity. Updates will be here and twitter and Facebook

Airports: Sazlburg, Vienna, Munich,

Twitter: @HistoricalFic

Facebook Group: Historical Fictions Research Network

Historical fictions can be understood as an expanded mode of historiography. Scholars in literary, visual, historical and museum/re-creation studies have long been interested in the construction of the fictive past, understanding it as a locus for ideological expression. However, this is a key moment for the study of historical fictions as critical recognition of these texts and their convergence with lines of theory is expanding into new areas such as the philosophy of history, narratology, popular literature, historical narratives of national and cultural identity, and cross-disciplinary approaches to narrative constructions of the past.

Historical fictions measure the gap between the pasts we are permitted to know and those we wish to know: the interaction of the meaning-making narrative drive with the narrative-resistant nature of the past. They constitute a powerful discursive system for the production of cognitive and ideological representations of identity, agency, and social function, and for the negotiation of conceptual relationships and charged tensions between the complexity of societies in time and the teleology of lived experience. The licences of fiction, especially in mass culture, define a space of thought in which the pursuit of narrative forms of meaning is permitted to slip the chains of sanctioned historical truths to explore the deep desires and dreams that lie beneath all constructions of the past.

We welcome paper proposals from Archaeology, Architecture, Literature, Media, Art History, Musicology, Reception Studies, Museum Studies, Recreation, Gaming, Transformative Works and others. We welcome paper proposals across historical periods, with ambitious, high-quality, inter-disciplinary approaches and new methodologies that will support research into larger trends and which will lead to more theoretically informed understandings of the mode across historical periods, cultures and languages.

We aim to create a disciplinary core, where researchers can engage in issues of philosophy and methodology and generate a collective discourse around historical fictions in a range of media and across period specialities.


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