With 2009 marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, it is a good time to reassess the legacy of GDR film. While the nation-state GDR disappeared from the political map in 1990, its cultural legacy continued to live on in pop culture, Ostalgie festivals, museums, and much more. Even GDR film is more popular than ever; it is especially represented in the presence of DEFA films in contemporary Germany.
This panel seeks to investigate the changing roles of GDR film in the Federal Republic. How did GDR cinema influence culture and society of (West) Germany before and after 1989? Which continuities can we observe? Which theories could help us explain these traditions?
Some potential topics:
-DEFA actors/ directors in the West (Manfred Krug, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Wolfgang Kohlhaase)
-GDR television programs (Sandmännchen, Ein Kessel Buntes, Polizeiruf 110)
-reception, broadcasting and screening of DEFA films
-development of DEFA scholarship
-influence of DEFA cinema on recent films (Andreas Dresen, Peter Kahane, Andreas Kleinert)
Please email a proposal of 250-300 words (1 page), including a CV, by February 2 to
Sebastian Heiduschke, Oregon State University
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