CFP: GSA Seminar: “Photographs in German Cinema,” Atlanta, GA (26.01.2017)

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Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting a proposal to our seminar on “Photographs in German Cinema” at the German Studies Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on October 5-8, 2017.

Seminar Description
"Photographs in German Cinema" will address the formal and narrative roles that photographs have played in German films and how these roles have changed over time. As still images, photographs are the building blocks of moving pictures and have been central to German cinema--from Nosferatu (1922) and People on Sunday (1930) to The Legend of Paul and Paula (1973) and Almanya - Welcome to Germany (2011)--yet how photographic objects function within cinematic texts has been largely overlooked. Participants will investigate how photographs within German films reflect and refract technological and cultural practices, which include but are not limited to discourses surrounding memory, identity, authenticity, surveillance, and the representation of class, gender, and race. Contributions might investigate how images can define or distort physical, political, and social realities. When interpreted, photographs can resist or reinforce gazes, concepts of the “other,” and competing historical narratives. Considering their indexical quality, photographs can serve as “eye witnesses” to past crimes, yet precisely because they seem to provide indisputable evidence, photographs can deceive viewers. Likewise, they can preserve or erode memory by transforming relationships to the past and the present. This seminar welcomes these and other suggestions about how photographs work in German films.

Seminar Format
Seminar participants will prepare a draft essay of approximately 6,000-8,000 words for pre-circulation and discuss the essays at three morning sessions during the conference. The conveners will moderate and participate in the seminar, be responsible for all organizational matters, and follow up with the arrangement for the planned edited volume, which has already received promising responses from publishers. 

Proposed Size: 12-15
Silent Auditors: 1-5

Martin P. Sheehan, Associate Professor of German, Tennessee Tech University, TN
Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of German, Portland State University




How to Apply:
If you wish to participate in a seminar, please visit the GSA website and apply electronically at: . The login information for this site is your GSA website username and password.  To submit your application, you will need to submit an abstract (up to 500 words) of what you hope to contribute to the seminar and a short (500-1000 word) CV. If you are not a member or need to renew your membership, you may have to do this before applying.

Applications for enrollment are due by January 26, 2017. The conveners of the seminars will make their determination of the membership of their seminars by February 2, 2017 and the GSA Seminar Program Committee will inform applicants by February 5, 2017 whether they have been accepted or not.

Please email Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez ( or Martin P. Sheehan (
with questions.


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