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Germanic Studies

Indiana University

College of Arts and Sciences

German Cinema at IU

Fall 2011: Max Kade Professor Monika Treut and the Kinsey Film Project

Fall 2010: DEFA Dialogues (For more information on the DEFA Dialogues, please see the IU Press release)

DEFA Project Indiana University is becoming an exciting place for the study of German cinema and media. In addition to offering several courses on the history, theory, and analysis of German cinema, the Department of Germanic Studies is working together with the Hermann B. Wells Library and the IU Cinema to expand the university’s German cinema resources. The recent acquisition of the film periodical Lichtbildbühne (1918-1939) will enable students and faculty to pursue original research on one of the most controversial transitions in German film history (from the Weimar to the Nazi Era). In addition, students have the opportunity to take courses with members of the Department of Communication and Culture and to explore the media holdings of The David S. Bradley Film Collection, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, The Lilly Library Collection, and The Black Film Center/Archive. The university also owns a vast Instructional Film Collection, including several educational films on German culture and language pedagogy.

In 2010, Germanic Studies sponsored The Indiana University DEFA Project and the DEFA Dialogues together with numerous campus, local, and international partners. This pioneering research, pedagogy, and outreach initiative inaugurated the department’s signature Film Series Praxis Course, which combines traditional research in the history and theory classroom with public engagement, cultural production, and arts management.

Recent undergraduate courses:

E323: German Cinema after the Wall (Wagner)

E323: Berlin, Berlin (Wagner)

G418: Back in the GDR! (Wagner)

E322: Inside/Outside: Being German after 1989 (Wagner)

E323: What Is Cinema? Theories of Film in the European Tradition (Wagner)

E322: The City of Moving Images (Wagner)

G390: Representations of Violence (Breger)

G418: German Silent Cinema (Wagner)

G418: What Makes Movies Tick? (Robinson)

G464: Wagner Kino (Weiner)

E121: Visions of the Metropolis (Wagner)

Recent graduate courses:

G627: Cinema of the Wende (Wagner)

G627: Graduate Film Analysis (Wagner)

G825: Avant-Gard-“ish” German Film since the 1960s (Breger)

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