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CFP: "Fantastisch" - German Science-Fiction Films Area (11/1/07; Film & History, 10/30/08-11/2/08)
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AREA: â€œFantastischâ€ â€“ German Science-Fiction Films
This Area looks at German history and its distinct epochs (or even trans-epochal aspects) via the genre of the Science Fiction film. Ranging from the â€˜paper-mÃ¢chÃ©â€™-ish beginnings of early German cinema to the digital high-gloss landscapes of todayâ€™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:
Further analytical topics are possible:
Both trans-epochal aspects and intra-epochal aspects intrinsic to the genre of German Science Fiction films are likewise possible:
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
+49 (0)221-470 2412
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 website http://www.filmandhistory.org.