The Visual Culture Network (VCN) of the German Studies Association (GSA)
seeks papers for a series of panels on “spectacle” as part of the
thirty-sixth annual GSA conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 4-7,

From battlefield pageantry to political posturing, from Shaufensterhypnose
to cinematic subterfuge, the spectacle has been and continues to be a site
of extreme negotiation and intervention. How does the visual nature of
spectacle inform the citizenry, destabilize the political, challenge
aesthetic convention, and celebrate cultural creativity? What are the
limits—aesthetic, political, social, cultural, economic—of spectacle? How
do we explain the inherently exclusionary, revolutionary, dehumanizing, and
utopian elements of spectacle? And, finally but not exhaustively, what is
the relationship between spectacle and “the spectacular”?

Presentations may explain one or more of the above themes, or other themes
that relate to spectacle but are not explicitly stated. Selected
presentations will be included in a proposed volume on the spectacle in
German visual culture.

Send a 250 word abstracts and a curriculum vitae by 15 January 2012 to the
GSA’s VCN coordinators, Deborah Ascher Barnstone (<[log in to unmask]>)
and Thomas O. Haakenson (<[log in to unmask]>).

Presenters will be notified by 1 February 2012. Please note that accepted
presenters must be members of the German Studies Association or become
members by 15 February 2012. Information on membership is available on the
GSA website (

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