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CFP: Evolving Cityscapes after the Wende, Edited Volume (Abstract Deadline March 15)

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Carrie Smith-Prei <[log in to unmask]>

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Call for Papers – Edited Volume

Evolving Cityscapes after the Wende



This interdisciplinary volume will consider the changed/changing  
cityscapes in the former East Germany since the fall of the Wall.   
After twenty years of deconstruction, renovation, and reconstruction,  
urban environments in the former East Germany have undergone such vast  
transformations that many locations bear little visual resemblance to  
their physical GDR past. Any tourist of Berlin in the 1990s recalls  
the flock of mammoth cranes, their long necks crisscrossing and  
towering over the city and dominating its skyline. The rapid  
demolition of the Berlin Wall left a physical and psychological void  
patched by a brick scar across the city’s face. No Man’s Land, for  
decades lost to the ever-expanding reach of urban development and  
hence pathologically horizontal and bleak, suddenly and ostentatiously  
grew into a decidedly vertical and garish visual testament to the  
dominance of capitalism. As the Schlossplatz swallows the Palast der  
Republik, the public and critics alike persist in questioning which  
historical past to preserve.



This narrative of the evolution of Berlin’s cityscape is so well- 
documented in fictional texts, criticism, advertisements, film, and  
music as to have become cliché. But similar, and often less glorified  
transformations have occurred in cities and towns all across the  
former GDR. Weimar, relatively well-preserved during the years of  
socialism, has continued to receive attention as the home of German  
classicism, the birthplace of the Bauhaus, and a recent Hauptstadt der  
Kultur. Dresden has been slowly scrubbed of many traces of the  
firebombing and its Frauenkirche has regrown out of its rubble.  
Smaller, less fortunate cities have witnessed the demolition of their  
schools and residences due to diminished populations resulting from  
soaring unemployment rates. All over the East, voids created by the  
Cold War have been filled and walls no longer deemed necessary have  
been demolished.



Contributions are invited from a variety of fields that address how  
the filling of previous absences and the absence of previous presence  
marks the cultural landscape of unified Germany. Analyses of the  
transitioning city in contemporary text, film, or music are welcome,  
as well as broader analyses of urban development.  We are particularly  
interested in submissions that would address often overlooked regions,  
cities, or neighborhoods of the former GDR, as well as in those that  
would be concerned with methodological approaches to reading the  
cultural, spatial, and social landscapes of post-socialist urbanity.



Please submit your abstract of 200 words to both editors by March 15:



Gwyneth Cliver

Assistant Professor of German

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Carrie Smith-Prei

Assistant Professor of German

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

University of Alberta

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