20-22 November 2015, Cincinnati, OH, USA, University of Cincinnati

The German Graduate Student Association of the University of Cincinnati and
the editors of the graduate student journal* Focus on German Studies*
present the Twentieth Annual Focus Graduate Student Conference: True
Stories? Exploring Subjectivity, Non-Fiction and Truth Claims, to be held
20–22 November, 2015 at the University of Cincinnati.

Current graduate students are invited to send 250-word abstracts to Matthew
Bauman at [log in to unmask] by May 18, 2015.

Reporting on and representing reality has always been fraught with
questions and doubts, as evidenced by such recent incidents as *Neo-Magazin
*host, Jan Böhmermann’s claim to have manipulated video of Greek finance
minister Janis Varoufakis.

This conference seeks to explore the means by which medial representations
of real events lay claim to notions of “realism,” “objectivity” and/or
“truth” and how those means as well as the attributes they seek to impute
to their subjects have changed over time.

What are the goals of the various methods of recording events or presenting
truth claims, and how are they achieved? What are the advantages and
disadvantages of each method? Is “objectivity” always ideal?

Submissions are welcome from any discipline, though the inclusion of a
German element is strongly encouraged. Papers may be presented in either
German or English.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Supermarket tabloids; Investigative journalism; Realism and reenactment in
documentary film; Authenticity and subversion of the photograph as factual
document; The author as gatekeeper/ mediator; The role of memory in
autobiography; Performance of the past; The documentary as propaganda; Art,
literature, film and other media as “frame”; Curating fact; Essays;
Eyewitness testimony; The reliability of personal testimony as historical
document; Truth claims in art, literature and media; Non-fiction as genre

Matthew Bauman, Katherine H. Paul

Department of German Studies

University of Cincinnati, USA

The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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