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Das Phänomen Laibach in Text und Kontext, 23 May 2016

Laibach, the musical wing of the Neue Slowenische Kunst art collective have long been recognised as one of the most interesting bands in the context of contemporary music. Their subversive use of totalitarian symbolism and martial sounds, largely in a grey zone between industrial and techno, has puzzled, bewitched and scandalised ever since the formation of the group in the early 1980s in Ljubljana. With albums such as Opus Dei (1987) or WAT (2001) being (largely) sung in German, Laibach have been met with particular interest in the German-speaking world.

 “Laibach does not function as an answer but as a question“, according to Slavoj Žižek. “Das Phänomen Laibach in Text und Kontext” is the first independent conference to examine the provocative and thought-provoking concept art from the perspective of German Studies. Organised by staff of the German departments of Aston University and the University of Ljubljana, it aims to find answers to the many fascinating questions posed by the band.

The one-day symposium takes place on 23 May 2016 in Ljubljana, comprising academic from Slovenia, Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom. The conference language will be German, attendance is free. It is hoped that the conference will result in an edited volume. The event is supported by the DAAD.

For more info contact Dr Uwe Schütte [u.schutte@aston.ac.uk], Dr Daniela Kirschstein [daniela.kirschstein@gmx.net] or Dr Johann Georg Lughofer [JohannGeorg.Lughofer@ff.uni-lj.si]

[Image copyright Maya Nightingale]

To download the Conference Programme, CLICK HERE.