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1111,0000,9C9C2007 Midwest Modern Language Association (M/MLA) - Annual Convention November 8-11, The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Cleveland, Ohio CFP: Realisms in recent German post-wall cinema Post-wall cinema since the Schröder government has arguably taken a new direction that may be described as a departure from the kind of filmmaking that aims to “accommodate the audience’s desire for less complicated narratives of Germanness” (Sabine Hake) – termed by Eric Rentschler a “cinema of consensus”. Several filmmakers have addressed uncomfortable and challenging new realities including unification and East versus West German identity (e.g. Goodbye Lenin, Berlin is in Germany, Forget America), marginalization and class (e.g. Nightshapes, Absolute Giants), immigration (Turkish-German films such as Aprilchildren, Brothers and Sisters, Dealer, Head On), asylum (e.g. Me Boss you Sneaker, A Little Bit of Freedom, Unveiled) generational conflicts (e.g. The State I am In, The Edukators, Fickende Fische, Head On), crime (e.g. Tough Enough, Short Sharp Shock) and unemployment (e.g. Forget America, Berlin is in Germany, Willenbrock). In other words, German post-wall cinema since the late 1990s deals with pressing and problematic political, social and economic concerns in terms of subject matter. The goal of this panel is to investigate the place, function, and concept of ‘reality’ and ‘the Real’ in post-wall films including also their reception and promotion. Papers are sought that include theory on cinematic realism and the real -- ranging from e.g. Kracauer, Bazin, and Deuleuze, to British theory on social realism (Colin McCabe, John Hill, Andrew Higson) to more recent discussions on Black representation (e.g. Mark Reid on the ‘ghetto aesthetic’ and Myrto Konstantarakos on ‘ethnocentric voyeurism’ in French beur cinema), and on realism and popular cinema (Julia Hallam and Margret Marshment). Topics sought include any of the following: • The (mixing of) styles and genres employed to create a sense of reality and authenticity. • The place of the ‘new post-wall realism’ in the traditions of (social) realism in film (including Italian neo-realism, British new wave, the British Social realism by Loach and Leigh). • The relationship between autobiographical filmmaking and the claim of authenticity. • Reality, the real and authenticity and the marginal subject. • Reality, the real and authenticity and the local/the urban neighborhood/ghetto. • Reality, the real and authenticity and ethnicity. • The notorious and uncritical use of the notion of ‘closeness to reality’ and ‘authenticity’ in reviews and promotion. • Individual filmmakers and their influences and role models. • Socially aware filmmaking and the question of referentiality (i.e. the presence/absence of social, political, national references). Send abstracts by April 22, 2007 to Andrea Reimann, E-Mail: [log in to unmask] ******************* The German Studies Call for Papers List Editor: Stefani Engelstein Assistant Editor: Megan McKinstry Sponsored by the University of Missouri Info available at: http://www.missouri.edu/~graswww/resources/gerlistserv.html Helvetica–– Andrea Reimann Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor German Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Knox College Box 64 2 East South Str. Galesburg IL 61401 Phone office: 309 341 7290 Fax: 309 341 7606 Cell: 773 319 9012 [log in to unmask]