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September 2003, Week 4


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Roel Vande Winkel <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 24 Sep 2003 11:52:19 +0200
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Cinema and the Swastika: The International Expansion of Third Reich cinema (1933-1945)



Before and during the Second World War, the German film industry pursued an expansionist policy that was intended to make Berlin the new Hollywood. Apart from 'reorganising' the cinema of Nazi-occupied countries, the German film industry also tried to increase its influence over friendly or neutral states, like Italy, Spain or Sweden. This process, stimulated by propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, not only represented an economic takeover, but also had important cultural and political implications. 


In many countries, scholars have already conducted groundbreaking research on the German influence over their national film industries (1933-1945). Unfortunately, access to most of these publications is restricted to scholars who read the local language. Cinema and the Swastika, a volume edited jointly by Roel Vande Winkel and David Welch, aims to bring together comparative research in this field. The book aims to launch new research on the influence Nazi Germany had on the international film industry, as well as to give less well-known scholarship a broader audience.  


This call for articles invites film historians and other experts to contribute a chapter on their area of specialisation, whether a country or a region such as the Balkans. The articles may offer new research, but summaries of works that have already been published are also welcome. There are no geographical boundaries: assessments of German film policy in the USA or South America as well as occupied Europe could yield interesting results. The editors will compose a preface and a conclusion in order to frame all chapters in a broader perspective and to evaluate international Nazi film policies. To stimulate further research the volume will also include a general bibliography and an inventory of important archive collections.


Send all inquiries and proposals to Roel Vande Winkel at [log in to unmask] 

You can reread this call (and updates) on


Dr. Roel Vande Winkel is the head scientific researcher for a joint research project developed by the Ghent University and the Belgian Royal Film Archive. He wrote a dissertation on Nazi newsreels and foreign propaganda in German-occupied territories and published about his research in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television and other international journals.


Prof. Dr. David Welch is Head of the School of History and Director of the Centre for the Study of Propaganda at the University of Kent at Canterbury. His books include Propaganda and the German Cinema 1933-1945 (IB Tauris, 2nd ed. 2001) and The Third Reich: Politics and Propaganda (Routledge, 2nd ed. 2002). He is also General Editor of the Routledge Sources in History series.

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