All Quiet? Film Music and the First World War

Call for Papers and Conference Announcement

All Quiet? Film Music and the First World War
Berlin, 25–27 July 2014

Venue: Humboldt University Berlin (Germany)
Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2014

The 9th Symposium on Film Music Studies has its focus on the First World War, which broke out in the late summer of 1914. Dozens of movies based on First World War topics have been produced from the silent period (The Big Parade, 1925) to the present (War Horse, 2011). However, scholarly literature dealing with film music in this context hardly exists. What is the role of music in retrospective cinematic interpretations of the events? How do WW I movies use existing music, e.g. popular, operatic, and symphonic repertoires? How does music portrait nationalities, friends and foes? How does it represent victory and defeat, loyalty and treachery, martyrs and heroes, the meaning and the absurdity of war? How do composers cope with practical restrictions, e.g. censorship? We invite papers on film music in the context of the events 1914–18, especially with regard to aerial combat and the much neglected non-European theatres of war but also to propaganda, espionage, nationalism and WWI documentaries. As usual, we invite free papers as well. However, preference will be given to contributions focussing on the main subject of the meeting.
Starting on June 6 2014, The German Historical Museum in Berlin will show an exhibition “1914–1918. The First World War” accompanied by a retrospective of related films in the Zeughaus Cinema in July/August. The Kiel Society für Film Music Studies and the Berlin Institute offer a pertinent filmography on their home pages.

Conference languages: German and English
Conference fee: 25 €
Abstracts: Please submit up to 300 words no later than 28 February 2014 to: Janina Müller janina_ml[at] or Tobias Plebuch tobias.plebuch[at] or filmmusik[at]
For further information see website or contact Janina or Tobias.