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*Socialist Media Landscapes: Queerness / Gender / Sexuality*
Seminar at the 2016 German Studies Association Conference
September 29 – October 2, 2016 – San Diego, CA

*APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 28, 2016*

Conveners: Sebastian Heiduschke (Oregon State University), Victoria I. Rizo
Lenshyn (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Evan Torner (University of
Cincinnati)

Socialist media such as those from the former GDR are often studied as
ideology, not as intersectional sites that might inform us about struggles
of the past and  present. What might it mean to queer socialist media? How
does race figure into our analyses of the GDR and other socialist institutions?
What tools does contemporary feminist theory offer media scholars of the
socialist archive? How do questions of race, ethnicity, generation and
class in socialist systems upset established feminist means of reading
these media? How does feminist theory challenge our assumptions about
socialist society, power and systems of media representation?

This seminar examines different methodologies in approaching the
intersection of queerness, gender, and sexuality in various Eastern bloc
and western European socialist media products, including but not limited to
TV, film, sex and health educational videos, radio, photographs, magazines.
The organizers seek focused discussion of methods of media analysis beyond
mere documentation of representation, in dialog with work initiated at the
2015 East German Summer Film Institute. Papers regarding
pornography/erotica, *Muttipolitik*, the socialization of children, family
structures, monogamy/polyamory, queerness in western socialist circles and
the Eastern Bloc, gender, and discourses of love would be of particular
interest.

Seminar participants will submit pre-circulated papers up to 5000 words in
length 6 weeks in advance of the conference. Additional methodological
readings will be made available to participants well in advance of the
seminar.

Candidates interested in applying should do so via the GSA website under
"Conference Proposals" (https://www.thegsa.org/members/login) by *January
28th*. You must be a current GSA member to apply. Your application should
include the following: your professional rank and affiliation, a 300-word
statement explaining your interest in the seminar, and any other relevant
scholarship and activities.

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Evan Torner
Assistant Professor, German Studies
University of Cincinnati -- Cincinnati, OH

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