Dear colleagues (with apologies for cross-postings):

Happy New Year to you all.  To celebrate the recent publication of Tony Kaes’ “Shell Shock Cinema” (2009) and the planned publication of the volume I am editing, “The Many Faces of Weimar Cinema: Rediscovering Germany’s Filmic Legacy” (summer 2010), I am trying to organize a roster of panels for this year’s GSA.

Hope some of you are interested in participating.  Please pass this message on to colleagues who you think might be interested.  I look forward to hearing from you.

All best,


Call for Papers (with apologies for cross-posting)

Paper proposals are sought for a roster of panels on

New Approaches to Weimar Cinema

For the Thirty-Fourth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Oakland, CA October 7-10, 2010

The recent rediscovery, restoration, and public performance of a near-complete print of Fritz Lang’s classic film, Metropolis (1927), as well as a roster of path-breaking publications that seek to re-examine the filmic legacy of the Weimar Republic from a variety of angles highlight the notion that with every new discovery and every theoretical advance the history of Weimar Cinema has, in a sense, to be re-written. The proposed panels seek to engage with ideas explored in recent research on Weimar cinema, including Elsaesser (2000), Calhoon (2001), McCormick (2001), Hake (2002), Halle/McCarthy (2003), Kabatek (2003), Scheunemann (2003), Stratenwerth/Simon (2004), Guerin (2005), Prawer (2005), Thompson (2005), Kreimeier/Ehmann/Goergen (2005), Krause (2007), Wedel (2007), Andriopoulos (2008), Isenberg (2008), Kaes (2009), Nagl (2009), Stiasny (2009), and Rogowski (2010).

The issues to be addressed include:
Weimar cinema and technological innovation (light, editing, sound)
Weimar cinema and interactions with other media (theater, visual arts, music, literature)
Weimar cinema and questions of “race” (as subtext or overt subject matter)
The Jewish presence in Weimar cinema (on and off-screen)
Trans-national contexts (co-productions, export markets, multiple versions)
Gender dynamics (male subjectivity, female agency, crossing gender boundaries)
War and trauma (as subtext or overt subject matter)
Genre aspects (conventions, subversions, and innovations)
Modes of production and distribution (film companies, audience research, fan culture)
The politics of Weimar cinema (escapism vs. activism; economic crises vs. social utopias)
Non-narrative, non-fiction, and “experimental” film in Weimar Germany

15- to 20-minutes papers (7-10 pages), in English or German, are sought. Those interested in participating are also asked to indicate if they are willing to act as session moderators and/or commentators.

Please send an abstract of your paper (max. 250 words), info on technology needs (if any), and a brief CV that includes institutional affiliation by
Friday, January 29 to Christian Rogowski, Amherst College: [log in to unmask]

All presenters must be current GSA members.

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