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Crossing the Bridge? Transnational Identities in the Films of Fatih Akin
(GSA 2007, San Diego)
The films of director Fatih Akin have received popular and critical
acclaim, as much for their captivating and sometimes controversial story
lines as for their cinematic qualities and their critical and box office
successes. A consistent subtext in Akin's work is the national identity
of his protagonists, many of whom are ethnic Turks living in Germany.
The proposed panel invites papers that explore how this subtext is
played out in language use, cultural markers, personal relationships,
narrative structures, and cinematic techniques. Papers should also
explore what vision of German national identity is portrayed on screen
in Akin's films. We encourage interested parties to suggest papers
relating to Akin's film oeuvre, to his well-known Im Juli and Gegen die
Wand, and to his lesser known works, including Kurz und schmerzlos and
Solino.
 
Please send one-page abstracts, a CV with full contact information, and
audio-visual requirements to:
 
Scott Windham ([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> )
AND
Ian Wilson ([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> ) 
 
by January 22, 2007.

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