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Ergebnisanzeige "GSA-Panel: Exhibiting War – the New Military History Museum in Dresden"
RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelGSA-Panel: Exhibiting War – the New Military History Museum in Dresden
BeschreibungCall for Papers

German Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 4-7, 2012

Exhibiting War – the New Military History Museum in Dresden

On Oct. 15, 2011, the Military History Museum of the German Federal Armed Forces in Dresden reopened with an entirely new exhibit and in a completely re-designed building. The museum claims a radically new way of approaching military exhibits. According to its website, "Die Ausstellung konfrontiert die Besucherinnen und Besucher mit dem eigenen menschlichen Aggressionspotential und thematisiert Gewalt als historisches, kulturelles und anthropologisches Phänomen. Ist Aggressivität evolutionsbiologisch möglicherweise in jedem Menschen angelegt, ist sie so selbstverständlich und unvermeidbar wie das Bedürfnis zu schlafen oder zu trinken? Oder ist der Gewaltanteil in uns vor allem kulturell geprägt und beeinflusst?" The curators thus hope to reshape the ways how to represent war history and mold cultural memory, clearly beyond the national framework. A wedge by the architect Daniel Libeskind which cuts into the classicist Arsenal Building in the 19th century military quarters of Albertstadt aims to address this concern of a new approach. The museum provokes questions how to represent war and how to narrate the German history of war from the middle ages to the war in Afghanistan.

We invite proposals that address different dimensions, for example:
- How does the Militärmuseum depict and narrate war and what traditions does it strengthen or deconstruct?
- How is the museum situated in a national and international landscape of museums about atrocities, war, and human rights?
- How does it immerse the visitor? Can one experience violence or trauma in an anthropological or historical sense?
- How does the museum’s architecture correspond with the cityscape and the cultural memory of Dresden?
- How do the museum’s theme park and the chronological war history interact; what is the relation between civilians and soldiers?

We hope to generate an interdisciplinary conversation on the topic, and invite contributions from scholars who work in Memory Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, History, Museum Studies, and other disciplines and fields.

Please send proposals of 150-250 words, along with a brief CV, to Susanne Vees-Gulani [] and Stephan Jaeger [] by January 31, 2012. Please note that you must be a current GSA member in order to be accepted.

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VeranstaltungsortMilwaukee, Wisconsin
PersonName: Susanne Vees-Gulani [Dr., Asssociate Professor, Case Western Reserve University] 
Funktion: Panel-Koordinator 
Name: Stephan Jaeger [Dr., Asssociate Professor, University of Manitoba] 
Funktion: Panel-Koordinator 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: German Studies Association 
Strasse/Postfach: Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy Street 
Postleitzahl: MI 49006-3295 USA 
Stadt: Kalamazoo 
E-Mail: (Prof. David E. Barclay, Executive Director) 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Medien- u. Kommunikationstheorie
Zusätzliches SuchwortGerman Studies, Kulturwissenschaften, Gedächtnistheorien, Museumswissenschaft, Kriegsdarstellung, Zweiter Weltkrieg, Dresden, Daniel Libeskind
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