In an era when film has become a major determinant of cultural identities,
the German Department of the University of  Pennsylvania is pleased to invite
papers for a graduate conference on Saturday, April 3, 2004.

After the death of the cinematographer/mythographer Leni Riefenstahl, and with
Wolfgang Petersen's Trojan Wars set to be one of the summer blockbusters, it
is time to consider how film creates historical memory, nationally and

How is Europe's long history presented in the new technologies of the
twentieth and
twenty-first century marketplace?  Which narrative strategies are still
valid, and
which must be reimagined?  Are these reinventions culturally or
determined?  How do German film-makers, artists, writers, and designers
  historical material to today's mass audience?  What does a text gain or
lose in
the translation from page to cinema screen - or from a German/European
product to
an American/worldwide market?

Possible topic areas include (but are not limited to):

-ancient history and new technologies
-the warrior as hero & war stories
-history and the documentary form
-film in the German-language classroom
-star status in German cinema and worldwide
-the "German" soundtrack from Wagner to Rammstein
-marketing Germany and Europe in America and beyond
-world-wide hits and local viewers: the crafting of the "export movie"
-Der Zorn Gottes: hubris & nemesis in modern narrative
-the film in the book: narrative transfer and the multitude of media
-German Hollywood: emigré film-makers and artists from Weimar to today
-archaeology and the action movie: historical accuracy/distortion and the
mass audience
-lighting the landscape scening the seascape: Adriatic, Aegean, and
Mediterranean in German film

Please send abstracts of no more than one page by January 8, 2004 to:

Samuel Willcocks
Dept of Germanic Languages & Literatures
University of Pennsylvania
133 Bennett Hall
3340 Walnut Street
Philadelphia 19104-6203
email: [log in to unmask]

Every effort will be made to house participants
with members of the Penn department for the
duration of the conference.

The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Karen Eng
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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