East/West: European Cinema after the Berlin Wall

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Michael Gott
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Proposals are currently being considered for an international collection on cinematic exchanges between East and West in a 're-centered' Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Proposals should be 600 words plus a working bibliography/filmography, submitted to both editors, Michael Gott (gottml@ucmail.uc.edu) and Todd Herzog, (herzoghr@ucmail.uc.edu). Deadline for proposals is January 14, 2013.

The collection aims to assess these East/West cinematic endeavors, voyages, and exchanges made possible by the fall of the Berlin Wall and by European Unification and expansion. We hope to address questions such as 'what is "East" in European cinema?' and 'how is the East portrayed in post-1989 European cinema?' and to assess the extent and impact of co-productions between Eastern Europe, Western Europe and Eurasia. Possible lines of inquiry include:
·Turkish diasporic cinema in Germany
·Memories of Cold War Europe in post-1989 films
·East/West distribution and reception case studies
·Journeys, trafficking, and migration from East to West and West to East
·Portrayals of the Balkans in Western European cinema

The collection plans to examine both auteur films and popular cinema and will include both analyses of films and of the film industry. Beyond the realm of cinema, the collection seeks to add to the ongoing debates on issues of European unity and specifically the discussion of the place of the 'East' and its citizens within the framework of an ostensibly borderless political Europe and protean European cultural sphere.

We invite abstracts (600 words) for chapter-length contributions that will examine exchanges and connections between Western Europe and Southeastern Europe, Turkey, Eurasia, Central or Eastern Europe problematize, re-map, reconfigure or "re-center" post-Wall Europe. Abstracts should be submitted by January 14. Completed essays will be due by September 2013.

Please contact the editors, Michael Gott (gottml@ucmail.uc.edu) and Todd Herzog (herzoghr@ucmail.uc.edu), with any questions.