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[Commlist] CfP: Babylon Berlin (edited volume)

Tue Aug 18 10:41:04 GMT 2020

*Call for Proposals*

*/Babylon Berlin/*

*edited by Hester Baer and Jill Suzanne Smith*

Touted as the most expensive German series ever made, /Babylon Berlin/ (created by Achim von Borries, Henk Handloegten, and Tom Tykwer) has reached audiences throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas since its inception in 2017. Set in Berlin during the final years of the Weimar Republic, the series offers viewers a panoramic take on politics, culture, gender, and sexual relations in the German capital.

We seek proposals for an edited volume that explores the unique contribution of /Babylon Berlin/ to contemporary visual culture. Focusing especially on the intermedial and transhistorical dimensions of the series, the volume will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to examine various facets of the show, including its aesthetic form and citational style, its representation of the history and politics of the late Weimar Republic, and its exemplary status as a blockbuster production of neoliberal media culture. Our goal is to create a cohesive volume of analytical essays that can act as a foundational resource for those who view, teach, and/or study the series.

We especially seek proposals that address the following areas:

• Fandom and the role of online platforms and discussion boards (wikis, subreddits, etc.)

• Streaming platforms, funding structures (the mix of public and private funds used to create the series), international distribution, and global audiences

• Music, scoring, and soundtrack

• Dance and performance

Please send abstracts of approximately 250 words to both Hester Baer ((hbaer /at/ <mailto:(hbaer /at/>) and Jill Suzanne Smith ((jsmith5 /at/ <mailto:(jsmith5 /at/>) by September 15, 2020. Our planned timeline is: notification of accepted proposals by October 1, 2020; articles due by June 1, 2021.

Hester Baer (she, her, hers)
Associate Professor of German and Cinema and Media Studies
Core Faculty in Comparative Literature
School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
University of Maryland, College Park

Co-Editor, /Feminist German Studies/

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