Call for Papers

“Filmic Representations of the Third Reich and the Holocaust”

University of Texas at Austin

Abstracts Due:  February 13, 2005
Conference Date:  March 30, 2005

In conjunction with the First German Studies Workshop, the graduate students of the departments 
of Germanic Studies and History at the University of Texas at Austin are pleased to announce our 
annual graduate conference.  This event provides a forum for students working in German film 
about the Third Reich and the Holocaust.  Graduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to 
apply, and, furthermore, to participate in the First German Studies Workshop (March 31 –  April 1), 
where they will have the opportunity to discuss their work with leading scholars in the field.

With the recent release of Der Untergang, Der neunte Tag, and Napola, a new phase in the process 
of Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming to terms with the past) has begun. Some refer to this 
phase as a normalization (or banalization) of German history. Others see it as part of larger trends 
in a contemporary film and media culture obsessed with virtual histories and nostalgic 
reconstructions. And yet others see close connections between the recent wave of Nazi heritage 
films and the public culture of commemoration, memorialization, and historicization in the New 
Berlin Republic. Sixty years after the release of Die Mörder sind unter uns, we propose to revisit 
the various political frameworks, institutional contexts, cultural movements, and historiographical 
debates and to take stock of the changing narrative, visual, and generic conventions that have 
defined the filmic confrontation with the Third Reich and the Holocaust since 1946. Topics to be 
discussed during the workshop include: the rubble film and the cinema of reconstruction; 
antifascism in the DEFA film, Holocaust documentaries made in Germany; German-Jewish 
encounters and reconciliations; feminist perspectives and women’s stories; post-unification and 
the return of genre cinema; documentary and avant-garde traditions; nostalgia and the heritage 
film; the Third Reich as cinematic spectacle and media event. Presentations on documentary films 
and television plays are particularly welcome.

Please send abstracts to Bradley Boovy [log in to unmask] or Lee Holt 
[log in to unmask] no later than February 13, 2005.  Limited travel funds are available for 
qualified submitters.

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