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Urban and Elegant: The Aesthetics of Living in the Modern European City
Mon 24 April 2017, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Public Lecture Series “Urban and Elegant: The Aesthetics of Living in the Modern European City”
Further information is available at poeteleg.eu/events
Olga Vainshtein (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow)
will speak on
Rules of Elegance: Russian and British Dandyism in the 19th Century
at the Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA, Music and Function room
on Monday, 24 April 2017, at 6:30 pm
The dandy was a fashionable male of the 19th Century who achieved social influence by displaying distinctive elegance. But what were the specific ‚rules of elegance‘ defining dandyism? What was the difference between national variants of dandyism? In her talk Dr Olga Vainshtein will interpret the dandies’ code of elegance as a system combining fashion, body techniques, emotional discipline, and strategies of behavior. The talk will analyse the aesthetic principle of Minimalism and consider further developments in the theory of dandyism as expressed in mid-19th-century European treatises. The concluding part of the lecture will discuss the distinctive features of Russian dandyism.
This talk is the first event of the Public Lecture Series “Urban and Elegant: The Aesthetics of Living in the Modern European City” given by leading academics, which provides an overview of the European landscape of the so-called ‘elegant world’ to a broad audience and discusses specific media, spaces, and cultural practices of European elites in the 19th Century.
The Public Lecture Series “Urban and Elegant” is organised and introduced by Dr Anna Ananieva, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.
The talk will be followed by a Q&A session and a wine reception.
There are a limited number of free tickets available at the Eventbrite.
Otherwise please book your ticket here (£7 Full Price / £5 Concessions).
Unfortunately Olga Vainshtein has been unable to get a UK visa to come to London and deliver her talk on Monday.
The organisers have decided to hold the lecture nevertheless.
Andreas Schönle, Professor of Russian at Queen Mary University of London, will read Dr Vainshtein's lecture accompanied by her slides, and she will join us in a skype link up, for questions afterwards.
We are sorry that Dr Vainshtein will not be there in person but it still promises to be a lively and interesting evening.