2007 Conference of the German Studies Association in San Diego, 
California October 4-7, 2007

Performing Weimar: Dance, Cinema, Mobility

This panel seeks to probe the relationship between Weimar cinema, 
modern German dance movements, and the periodís greater currents of 
social change, mobility, and mobilization. From its inception, the 
cinema has been dedicated to the representation of motion, and it is no 
coincidence that the earliest cinematic presentation, the Skladanowsky 
Brothersí Wintergarten screening in 1895, emphasized an array of 
corporeal feats, from acrobatics to the Serpentine Dance. This panel 
will examine the role that the film of the interwar period, and its 
representation of dance in particular, played in the shaping and 
transformation of contemporaneous perceptions of the body. How did 
filmic dance serve as a means to perform the emergence of modern, 
cosmopolitan subjects? To what extent did these films use the portrayal 
of movement onscreen as a means to engage with the gender, class, and 
race politics of their day? Did Weimar dance, and the representation of 
it, serve as a site of resistance to or reconciliation with the 
nationís encroaching conservatism?

Please send a 1-page abstract and a brief CV to Jennifer Kapczynski: 
[log in to unmask] by February 9, 2007.

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Assistant Editor:  Megan McKinstry
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