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Call for Papers

2008 Film & History Conference
“Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond”
October 30-November 2, 2008
Chicago, Illinois

First-Round Deadline: November 1, 2007

AREA: “Fantastisch” – German Science-Fiction Films

This Area looks at German history and its distinct epochs (or even 
transepochal aspects) via the genre of the Science Fiction film.  Ranging 
from the ‘paper-mâché’-ish beginnings of early German cinema to the digital 
high-gloss landscapes of today’s virtual worlds, the Science Fiction film 
has responded to historical currents by gauging (often unconsciously) the 
moods, anxieties, hopes, and fantasies of a society.  How has German 
culture reinvented itself through fantasy films?  How has German SF, as a 
genre, reacted to the politics, the technology, popular culture and of its day?

The paper topics could, for instance, focus on the following themes:
-          the dreams and/or nightmares resulting from the incipient 
industrial modernism in early silent
-          the articulated presentiments and paranoia emerging against the 
background of
            totalitarianism during the time of the Weimar Republic and the 
early 1930s (e.g., the German
            exile movie)
-          the desire for purity and the staging of fascist fantasies of 
‘Weltherrschaft’ during the
            National Socialism movement
-          the attempt to draft new and better worlds during immediate 
post-war periods in order to
            overcome the culpable past and to recreate the society
-          utopian sites in the course of revolts towards the end of the 
1960s and in the new social
            movements as from the 1970s
-          dystopian projections of the future during the Cold War and 
societal upheavals during the
-          (post-)apocalyptic scenarios of doom after the collapse of the 
Eastern Bloc, especially after

Further analytical topics are possible:
-          the sci-fi movie of the GDR
-          transnational effects and their cinematic adaptation
-          other historical events or historiographies

Both trans-epochal aspects and intra-epochal aspects intrinsic to the genre 
of German Science Fiction films are likewise possible:
-          utopias/dystopias of gender
-          animals/monsters
-          science and mechanization
-          the writing of history projected into the future
-          bodies and automatons
-          religious or apocalyptic projections in the course of the 20th 
-          historical analysis of the reception of foreign/US-American 
Science Fiction films

Although this Area identifies cinematic productions, television programs 
and serials, as well as the adaptation of film to and from television, are 
likewise most welcome.

Please send your 200-word proposal by November 1, 2007 to

Massimo Perinelli, Chair of the German Science-Fiction Area
Anglo-Amerikanische Abteilung
Historisches Seminar
University of Cologne
D-50923 Cologne

+49 (0)221-470 2412
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Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each 
presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. Deadline for 
first-round proposals: November 1, 2007.

This area, comprising multiple panels, is a part of the 2008 biennial Film 
& History Conference, sponsored by The Center for the Study of Film and 
History. Wheeler Winston Dixon, James Ryan Professor of Film Studies at 
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and author of Visions of the Apocalypse 
and Disaster and Memory, will be a Featured Speaker. For updates and 
registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History 

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