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.