Call for Abstracts: German Studies Association 2019 (Portland, October 3-6, 2019)
Revisiting Lustmord in the #MeToo Era
Sponsored by the Visual Culture Network
Deadline for Submissions: January 26, 2019
Description: Maria Tatar’s Lustmord (1995) called into question the ubiquity of the mutilated female body in Weimar’s artistic productions, exposing the centrality of sexual violence in modern culture. With Lustmord as a point of departure, this interdisciplinary seminar moves beyond Weimar, employing its imagery and texts as tools with which to consider the entanglements of sexual violence with power, gender, race, sexuality, religion, and class.
We take Tatar’s use of case studies as a model for this interdisciplinary seminar. Shedding light on the “drive to disfigure the female body” in Otto Dix’s depictions of eviscerated corpses; locating the concealed body of the victim in Fritz Lang’s M; and tracing the “confluence of literary modernism and sexual violence” in Alfred Döblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz, Tatar problematized these representations and called attention to their transformative power and complicitous nature.
Together, we will consider the representation—and even aestheticization—of sexual violence in German visual art, film, and literature, and history. Amidst a #MeToo culture of accountability, how can we expand upon formal, biographical, and psychological analyses to confront the political, educational, and cultural stakes of pervasive sexual violent imagery throughout history? This seminar is sponsored by the German Studies Association’s Visual Culture Network. Colleagues working with visual media are especially encouraged to apply.
Goals and Procedures: Our objectives are to analyze past and present representations of sexual violence and to process the impact of the #MeToo movement on our research and teaching. Participants will read reviews and selections of Maria Tatar’s Lustmord; select a relevant case study (image, text, film clip, short play, archival document, etc.); and prepare a 1,000-1,500-word descriptive analysis of their case study in relation to the assigned readings.
Conveners will circulate required readings three months in advance of the seminar. Participants will submit descriptive analyses one month before the seminar, which conveners will divide into thematic categories and make available to all participants in a shared Dropbox. Each day of the seminar will consist of convener introductions, participant presentations, close reading, and thematic group discussions.
Proposals: To be considered, please submit a 250-word abstract along with your CV to the GSA application portal at https://www.xcdsystem.com/gsa. Seminar enrollment opens on January 5th and closes January 26th. We will inform applicants of our decisions on January 31st.
Please contact conveners with questions: