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.
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film and other media as “frame”; Curating fact; Essays; Eyewitness testimony; The reliability of personal testimony as historical document; Truth claims in art, literature and media; Non-fiction as genre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