The Shifting Landscape of Crime on the German Small Screen

deadline for submissions: 
February 5, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
German Studies Association Annual Conference
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We are soliciting abstracts for a panel at the German Studies Association Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA September 27-30, 2018.

Traditionally the small screen has portrayed danger and crime in the context of the metropolitan, but shows like Weinberg, Dark, Tatort, Polizeiruf 110, among others have increasingly shifted the focus to suburbs, small-towns, and countryside infringing on the tranquility of these supposedly safe spaces. These shows expose the deviance and intrigue of non-metropolitan locales. Does this conflict move from the city and into the small-town or have these towns always maintained an undercurrent of menace, of which we are just now aware? 

Contributions may include but are not restricted to:

  • the evolution of German television crime dramas
  • the source of small-town and suburban intrigue in contemporary German crime shows
  • socio-political implications for this shift away from the urban
  • the threatening aspects of nature in small-screen dramas

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words to both organizers, Susanne Gomoluch and Elizabeth Schreiber-Byers by February 5th, 2018. Submissions should include name, affiliation, and contact information.