Study Abroad in Vienna During the 2011 December Intersession

The Study Abroad Office has extended the deadline for students to apply for the Short-term Program in Vienna, Austria during the 2011 December intersession.  Vienna at the turn of the century was a place where an astonishing number of historically significant figures lived, worked, and created.  Our program will explore many of these noteworthy personalities, such as Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler, Gustav Klimt, and Gustav Mahler, as well as the cultural and historical influences that shaped their thinking and innovations.

There are two courses associated with the Vienna study abroad trip, both of which introduce students to the importance of Vienna as a center of cultural production:

MOL 277/GER 277* – Fin-de-siècle Vienna (Understanding the Past/JYEL) Fin-de-siècle Vienna (Vienna of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries) was a place where geography, culture, and intellect intersected for a (historically speaking) fleeting moment of unparalleled productivity and creativity. In this urban space, figures such as Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt, Arthur Schnitzler, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Gustav Mahler mingled, discussed, and shaped the arts, philosophy, and sciences of the nascent twentieth century. Our culture today continues to be influenced by the intellectual products that emerged from Vienna at the turn of the century. The modern notion of talk therapy, for example, was heavily influenced by Sigmund Freud’s theories on psychoanalysis; Arthur Schnitzler’s “Dream Story” (“Traumnovelle”) provided the basis for Stanley Kubrick’s final film, “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999), and Gustav Klimt’s iconic painting “The Kiss” has become so emblematic that it can even be purchased en masse at IKEA.  Indeed, Chicago’s “very own” coffeehouse Julius Meinl is in fact an import from Vienna, where Julius Meinl himself began roasting and distributing coffee beans at the turn of the last century. This course then, taught by Dr. Souchuk, will explore a number of the prominent players who were active in Vienna during this time, and will examine, through primary and secondary texts, and works of art, music and film, the lasting impact of their contributions on the development of thinking and innovation in the twentieth, and indeed even twenty-first, centuries.

ANT 109/397 – Food and Culture in Vienna (Self, Society and Modern World/JYEL) This is a course that offers students the opportunity to discover how culture operates in people’s lives by closely examining the things they eat, how those things are acquired in a large city, and how what people eat can tell us who they think they are. Students will participate in Viennese society through the various systems of eating (There are more than one). Students will contrast these systems to ones in Chicago with a view to analyzing the common features and stylistic divergence within urban food systems. In addition to encountering several exciting new ideas about how to understand the meaning of food in our lives, this course is built around a guided data collection and analysis project aimed at narrating how we live our lives (focusing specifically on what we eat and who we eat it with) in Chicago and Vienna.

Please go to the  DePaul study abroad website to view more details and to apply: