Department of History of Art

The Flâneur Abroad


International and Historical Perspectives on an Urban Archetype

6 - 7 July 2012

University of Nottingham - Arts Centre

A conference co-organised by the Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture and Urban Culture Network


The Flaneur Abroad


The flâneur – the leisurely but vigilant urban stroller - is well-known as a quintessential nineteenth-century Parisian archetype, and has attracted a distinguished array of champions and historians – from Balzac and Baudelaire to Walter Benjamin. However, although recent writing on the subject (The Flâneur, ed. Keith Tester, and The Invisible Flâneuse. Gender, Public Space, and Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris (2006), ed. Tom MacDonough & Aruna D’Souza) have certainly been eclectic in their scope, there has been little sustained attention given to the adaptation of the phenomenon outside Paris, let alone outside France and indeed Europe, whether in the form of modern sequels, contemporary echoes, as well as historic antecedents.

Please see a report on the conference for your information.

Provisional conference programme


Richard Wrigley, Department of Art History


Karla Huebner (Wright State University)  
'Prague Flânerie: Nezval and Štyrský
Simon Lee (Art History, University of Reading)
Promenades in Enlightenment Madrid - The Tapestry Cartoon and new social spaces
Vanesa Rodriguez-Galindo (History of Art, UNED, Madrid)
A Patchwork of Effects: Streets, squares and visions of late nineteenth-century Madrid
Laurent Turcot (History, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)
The rise of the promeneur in 18th-century Paris
Christian Deuling (German, Nottingham/Pedagogical University of Applied Sciences at Kreuzlingen)
Early Forms of flânerie in the German Journal London und Paris (1798 - 1815)
Jo Briggs (Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore)
Lounge, Idle, Moon: Albert Smith's Natural History of the Idler Upon Town, an adaptation of Parisian flânerie in 1840s London
Tatiana Senkevitch (University of Toronto)
The Phantasmagoria of the City: Nikolai Gogol's and Vasily Sadovnikov's Nevsky Prospect
Claire Gheerardyn (Comparative Literature, University of Strasbourg)
When Flâneurs Meet the Mythical Peterburgian Wanderer: Andrei Belly's Fragmented Characters
Kevin C. Robbins (History, Indiana University)
The Graphic Anarchist Flâneur? Emigré Print Makers in Paris and the Import/Export of Street Art as Radical Social Criticism in the New, Urban, Satirical Media of Glabalizing Europe, 1900 - 1914 
Kathrin Yacavone (French, University of Nottingham)
Parisian Arcades - Berlin Loggias: Walter Benjamin's Child-Flâneur
Oliver O'Hanlon (French, University College, Cork)
Le Flâneur salarié: The case of French journalist Henri Béraud's visits to Irish cities in 1920
Alexander McCabe (Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow)
The flâneur in the fog: the recurrence of northern port-town landscapes in the peripatetic narratives of French existentialism
Robert Adlington (Music, University of Nottingham)
Without tendency: Amsterdam, situationism and atonal music
Daniel Acke (French Literature and Culture, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels)
The flâneur in Brussels: French and Belgian literary perspectives in counterpoint 
Claire Launchbury (School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Leeds)
The Beirut flâneuses: Writing and the city in post-conflict Lebanon 

James Harvey-Davitt (Culture, Film, and Media, Nottingham)
The Subject of Chantal Akerman's ‘News from Home’: on the political potential of the flâneur(se)



Booking information

Delegate Fee- £25 per day

  • coffee/tea and biscuits morning and afternoon
  • a buffet lunch

Optional conference dinner fee - £20

Student Fee - £25 for both days
To qualify for this fee students will be asked to provide their University student registration number.

Accommodation will be available in a University Hall of Residence, on Campus, about a 15 minute walk from the conference venue. This will be on a bed and breakfast basis at a cost of £44.50 per night for standard ensuite, or £30.50 for economy ensuite and can be booked during the conference registration process.

Cancellation policy
You may cancel your booking with a 90% refund up to 23 June 2012. After 23 June 2012, cancellation will result in forfeiture of entire payment.



Department of History of Art

University of Nottingham
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