Reconsidering the Arts in the German Democratic Republic
Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, October 25-27, 2007
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Departments of Music, German, the Office of Global Education, and the
Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College are hosting a three-
day interdisciplinary conference from October 25-27, 2007. The theme of the
conference is “Reconsidering the Arts in the German Democratic Republic.”
Two factors have had a considerable impact on GDR studies in recent years:
1) the vast archival sources that became accessible after the collapse of the
Berlin Wall in 1989, and 2) the rapid historicization of the State following its
absorption into West Germany. As the twentieth anniversary of the Wende
approaches, this conference seeks to explore new avenues into GDR research
with specific attention to the role of the visual and performing arts. It aims to
move the discourse surrounding the arts in the GDR beyond the archives and
away from the paradigms and rhetoric of the Cold War. In particular, the
conference will focus on new conceptual frameworks for research into the
subject and consider new methodologies and approaches for contextualizing
and assessing the arts in the GDR. Contributions in the areas of literature,
music, visual arts, dance, theater and architecture are welcome.
Possible topics include but are by no means limited to:
The language of the conference is English.
Proposals are invited for individual (20 minutes) and panel discussions (1 hour
and 30 minutes). Proposals should be submitted as follows:
Individual papers: an abstract of maximum 250 words, together with the title
of the paper, and name, affiliation and contact details of the presenter.
Discussion panels: an abstract of maximum 250 words outlining the theme and
goals of the panel, and a short abstract (max. 150) from each participant
outlining their standpoint. Panels should include no more than four
participants. Proposal should include the names, affiliations and contact
details of all panel members.
All proposals should be submitted by email no later than the 30 April 2007 to
Elaine Kelly ([log in to unmask]). For further information contact Elaine
Kelly or Amy Wlodarski ([log in to unmask]).
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor: Megan McKinstry
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
Info available at: http://www.missouri.edu/~graswww/resources/gerlistserv.html