Number 22 (2018)

Dada, War and Peace: Call for submissions

The origin of the Dada movement is inextricably linked to the history of World War I and to the reaction of artists and writers to the unprecedented carnage of that war. The participants in the Cabaret Voltaire were almost all citizens of countries that were engaged in the conflict, or that soon would be. Some had direct experience of combat, others felt the war’s effects less directly; but for all of the foreigners, neutral Switzerland served as a refuge from the Great War. The radical strategies of Zurich Dada were a protest against militarism, nationalism, and all of the characteristics of European civilization that had contributed to the war. Later, in Berlin, anti-war activities were a crucial element in the rise of Dada in the German capital, and the military was a target of Berlin Dada activities in the years following the war. Studies of Dada in relation to the war have, for the most part, focused on these two centers, but as the movement spread to other countries, both before and after the Armistice, the dadaists’ engagement with issues of war and peace varied in relation to a number of historical and personal factors. In the interwar period, many of the former dadaists were engaged with opposition to French colonial wars and to the rise of Nazism in Germany. Between 1939 and 1945, ex-dadaists in exile and those still living within Germany and the occupied countries coped with a second European war in ways ranging from resistance to “inner emigration” to, in a few cases, support for fascist regimes. Coinciding with the period of the classic Dada memoirs, the Cold War era held new perils for the largely left-leaning dadaists, and had a profound effect on the way some of them reassessed the movement as it approached its fiftieth anniversary.

In observance of the centennial of the 1918 Armistice, issue number 22 of Dada/Surrealism will focus on the theme “Dada, War and Peace.” Scholars are invited to submit articles on any aspect of Dada in its relation to war, pacifism, and resistance during and after the World War I era.

All submissions are subject to our usual peer review process. Please note that beginning with this issue, Dada/Surrealism will be using the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook for bibliographic citations. Articles should be submitted to the editor at timothy-shipe@uiowa.edu by October 31, 2017. Articles should be sent as Microsoft Word documents, with no indication of the author’s name within the document text or metadata. Further guidelines may be found at http://ir.uiowa.edu/dadasur/policies.html.