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CFP for German Studies Association Conference to be held in St. Paul, 
MN, 2-5 October 2008

Panel Topic: Dance in the Weimar Republic

During the Weimar Republic, dance was a powerful medium for 
self-expression, which shaped and transformed modern perceptions of the 
body. From the androgynous dances of Oskar Schlemmer to the macabre nude 
dances of Anita Berber, from the synchronized dances of the Tiller Girls 
to Josephine Baker's syncopated rendition of the Charleston, dance 
served to perform the emergence of modern, cosmopolitan subjects and 
disrupted traditional perceptions and representations of class, gender, 
and race.

This panel seeks to investigate the intersections of dance and image 
during the Weimar Republic from the perspectives of dance studies, 
visual studies, and literary studies.  Papers might examine, for example:

- Dance and film
- Dance and literature/journalism
 -Famous dancers (Anita Berber, Josephine Baker, Tiller Girls, Leni 
Riefenstahl)
- The works of individual choreographers
 -Representations of social dances in visual art (Otto Dix, Max Beckmann)
- Journalistic photo-stories about dance
- Dance and fashion
- Dance manuals
- Representations of specific dances (Charleston, Foxtrot, Black Bottom, 
Onestep, Twostep)
- Dance and race

Please send a 150-200 word abstract to Susan L. Funkenstein 
([log in to unmask]) and Mihaela Petrescu_ ([log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)_ by 8 February 2008.

 

 


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