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Reconsidering the Arts in the German Democratic Republic
International Conference

Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, October 25-27, 2007


The Departments of Music, German, the Office of Global Education, and the
Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College are hosting a
three-day interdisciplinary conference from October 25-27, 2007.  The
theme of the conference is "Reconsidering the Arts in the German
Democratic Republic."

Two factors have had a considerable impact on GDR studies in recent years:  
1) the vast archival sources that became accessible after the collapse of
the Berlin Wall in 1989, and 2) the rapid historicization of the State
following its absorption into West Germany. As the twentieth anniversary
of the Wende approaches, this conference seeks to explore new avenues into
GDR research with specific attention to the role of the visual and
performing arts.  It aims to move the discourse surrounding the arts in
the GDR beyond the archives and away from the paradigms and rhetoric of
the Cold War. In particular, the conference will focus on new conceptual
frameworks for research into the subject and consider new methodologies
and approaches for contextualizing and assessing the arts in the GDR.  
Contributions in the areas of literature, music, visual arts, dance,
theater and architecture are welcome.

Possible topics include but are by no means limited to: 
-	Historiography
-	Revisionism
-	Memory
-	Gender
-	Myth
-	Nationalism

The language of the conference is English.

Proposals are invited for individual (20 minutes) and panel discussions (1
hour and 30 minutes). Proposals should be submitted as follows:

Individual papers: an abstract of maximum 250 words, together with the
title of the paper, and name, affiliation and contact details of the

Discussion panels: an abstract of maximum 250 words outlining the theme
and goals of the panel, and a short abstract (max. 150) from each
participant outlining their standpoint. Panels should include no more than
four participants. Proposal should include the names, affiliations and
contact details of all panel members.

All proposals should be submitted by email no later than the 30 April 2007 
to Elaine Kelly ( For further information contact 
Elaine Kelly or Amy Wlodarski (
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