International conference : Melancholia : imaging the End of the World (June 5-7th, Marburg)

MELANCHOLIA: Imaging the End of the World

June 5–7th, 2013
International Conference at Philipps University, Marburg, Germany
Organized by Central Connecticut State University and Philipps University

We live in a world at risk.  Various prophecies and clandestine calendars point to the end of the world, while serious theorists engage with the idea of scenario planning as a scientific tool for the evaluation of the future. Even the fictions of contemporary reality and social life present narratives of decay and the end of a commonly shared social reality.

Despite their orientation towards the future, these catastrophic scenarios function to organize present social reality, and all are reflected in our audiovisual media.

The conference Melancholia: Imaging the End of the World will present papers on a broad spectrum of issues and historical moments that engage critically with the topic of Visions of the End of the World, in film, television and digital media.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM/ KONFERENZ PROGRAMM

Conference will be held at Philipps University Wilhelm Röpke Strasse 6A

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013

4:00 PM : Registration (Philipps University)

5:10 PM : Welcome notes

5:15 – 6:00 PM : Keynote lecture: Scott Loren, St. Gallen (Switzerland) – Can Disaster Films be feminine? Lars von Trier’s challenge to the male gaze

6:15 – 7:30 PM : Reception Cineplex

7:30 – 9:30 PM : Film screening and discussion : Melancholia, dir. Lars von Trier (Moderator: Angela Krewani, Philipps University, Marburg)

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013

9:00 – 10:00 AM : Prof. Dr. Joachim Herrgen (Dean)

10:00 – 11:15 AM : Conference presentations

Panel 111: Early visions of the Apocalypse, Room 01C09

Karen Randell (Southampton Solent University, UK) : Melancholia & Melodrama in Silent Cinema after World War I

Clémentine Tholas-Disset (Paris East Créteil University) : World War I and Hollywood’s first modern Armageddon: understanding wartime and post-conflict representations of aglobal cataclysm in Civilization (1916) and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Panel 112: 9/11 Trauma and Sacrifice, Room 01C10

Leah A. Rosenberg, (University of Missouri, USA) : All That Remains: Examining the Immortal Undead in Post 9/11 Television and Film

Tanya Shilina-Conte, SUNY at Buffalo : Representing the Unrepresentable: Black Screen as Negative Event and post-9/11 Cinema

Jon Pahl (Temple University, USA) : Apocalypse and Sacrifice in Modern Film: American Exceptionalism and a Scandinavian Alternative

Panel 113: The Apocalypse and historical transformations, Room 03F04

Peter Krämer (University of East Anglia, UK) : We’ll meet again: Endings and New Beginnings in Dr. Strangelove (1964) and Other Films about Global Transformations

Adrian Versteegh (New York University, USA) : Spectacles of Ruin: Apocalypse and the Afterlife of Cities in the Victorian Imaginary

Thomas Prasch (Washburn University, USA) : ‘Radiation’s rising, but one mustn’t grumble too much’: Nuclear Apocalypse Played as Farce in Richard Lester’s The Bed-Sitting Room (1969)

11:15 – 11:45 AM : Coffee Break

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM : Keynote lecture: Frederick Wasser (Brooklyn College, NY, USA) – Disaster films and the End of the World

1:00 – 2:00 PM : Lunch

2:10 – 3:25 PM : Conference presentation :

Panel 121: Converging Media, Room 01C09

Andreas Kirchner (Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany) : Experiencing the End of the World: Lars van Trier’s Melancholia as Hybrid Between Art and Genre Fil

Michael Mosel (University of Giessen, Germany) : Playing Zombified Versions of the End of the World

Panel 122: Psycho-social functions I, Room 01C10

Charles Antoine Courcoux (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) : The (Gender)Politics of Disaster

Philip Hammond (London South Bank University, UK) and Hugh Ortega Breton (University of Surrey, UK) : The Eco Apocalypse: A psycho-cultural approach to Melancholic Loss, Political Alienation and the Desire for annihilation

Panel 123: Apocalypse and Teens, Room 03F04

Timothy Shary (Independent Scholar, USA) : Eschatological Ecstasy: the Thrills of Cataclysm in Teen Cinema

Karen A. Ritzenhoff (Central Connecticut State University) : Kids Killing Kids in Dystopia: The Hunger Games and Battle Royale

3:30 – 4:00 PM : Coffee break

4:00 – 5:15 PM : Conference presentations

Panel 131: Psycho Social Function II, Room 01C09

Matthias Koch and Christian Köhler (Paderborn University, Germany) : Zombification: Undead (in) History

Angela Krewani (Philipps University, Marburg) : Film as lab: the apocalypse on film as laboratory for the future

Panel 132: Managing the Crisis, Room 01C10

Scott Ellis (Southern Connecticut State University, USA) and Fiona Pearson (Central Connecticut State University, USA) : Dead Narratives: Defining Humanity Through Stories

Carl James Grindly (City University of New York, USA) : Film as lab: The apocalypse on film as laboratory for the future

Panel 133: Apocalypse and Superstition, Room 03F04

Joseph M. Conte, (University at Buffalo) : The Ruins of the Future: Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg’s Adaptation, and Gerhard Richter’s October 18, 1977

Kinga Wlodarska, (Central Connecticut State University, USA) : Shadows, Superstitions and the End of the World

6:00 – 7:00 PM : Marburger Filmkunsttheater Roundtable Discussion:

Chair: Peter Krämer (University of East Anglia, UK)

Panelists: Catriona McAvoy (Loner Films, UK); Richard Daniels (University of the Arts, London, UK); Tatjana Ljujic (Cambridge University, UK)

7:30 – 9:00 PM

Film screening and discussion : Dr. Strangelove. Dir. Stanley Kubrick

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013

9:00 – 10:00 AM : Breakfast

10:00 – 11:15 AM : Conference presentations

Panel 211: Technologies, Room 01C09

Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University, USA) : ALICE and the Apocalypse: Particle Accelerators as Death Machines

Shizuko Tomoda (Central Connecticut State University, USA) : Fear of What? Nuclear Power or Us?

Michael Krzeminski (St. Augustin, Germany) : Apocaplyptic Images in Technological Applications

Panel 212: Apocalypse in Popular Culture, Room: Alter Senatssaal

Katherine Sugg (Central Connecticut State University, USA) : A Sense of Ending: Apocalyptic Imaginaries in White Masculinity in the Frontier Fantasies of Deadwood and Firefly

Kerstin Stutterheim (HFF Konrad Wolf, Potsdam, Germany) : Documenting the Rider of the Apocalypse

Panel 213: Corporate End of the World, Room 03F04

Cindy White (Central Connecticut State University, USA) and Elizabeth Hall Preston (Westfield State University, USA): Evoking the Apocalypse: Patagonia, Inc. And Landscapes of Loss and Redemption

Wendy Sterba (College of St.Benedict/St. John’s University): The Corporate and Corporeal: Min(d)ing the Body-Conscience and Consumption in Early 21st Century Hollywood Dystopia

11:15 – 11:45 AM : Coffee break

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM : Conference presentations

Panel 221: A critique of Modernism, Room 01C09

Thomas Waitz (University of Vienna, Austria) : A World Without Us: The End of Modernity as the End of the World

Sven Weidner (Philipps University, Marburg, Germany) : 4:44 Last Day on Earth: An experimentalvision of the final and definite end of the World

Panel 222: Politics of Images, Room 03F04

Samm Deigham: Seeing Yourself to Death: Wim Wenders’ Until the End of the World and the Disease of Images

Iulia Micu (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and Andrei Simut (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania) : Toward a Psycho-Social Apocalypse: Depression, Death and the Dream of Total Annihilation

1:00 – 2:00 PM : Lunch (Catering)

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM : Conference presentations

Panel 231: Functions of narration, Alter Senatssaal Room

Solveig Nitzke (Bochum University, Germany) : Is there an end to it? Fictional shelters and shelter-fiction

Peter Podrez (Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen, Germany) Blank Screens and annihilated gazes. Radicalizing the End in filmic apocalypses

Panel 232: Erosions of Society, Room 01C09

Natalia Laranjinha, (CIAC – Center for Arts and Communication, Portugal) : The Deadly Saturn in Melancholia

Pierre Floquet (Bordeaux University, France) : Melancholia and the Apocalypse Within

Panel 233: Functions of narration, Room 03F04

Tara Karajica (University of Barcelona, Spain) : One form of post-apocalyptic societal erosion: the banishment of feelings and artistic expression in Kurt Wimmer’s 2002 Equilibirum

Tatjana Ljujic (Cambridge University, UK): Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice and the end of the world

3:30 PM : Walk to the Marburg Castle

4:00 – 5:10 PM : Conference presentations

Panel 241: Kubrick and the apocalypse, Seminarraum Schloss Room

Catriona McAvoy (Loner Films, UK) : ‘Gentleman, You Can’t Fight in Here’: Gender Symbolism and the End of the World in Dr. Strangelove and Melancholia

Richard Daniels (University of the Arts, London, UK): 2001 – A Space Odyssey: Kubrick’s Second Brush with the Apocalypse

6:00 PM : Marburger Schloss Roundtable Discussion

Political and Cultural Functions end time visions

Panel Moderators: Karen Ritzenhoff (Central Connecticut State University, USA) and Angela Krewani (Philipps University)

Panelists: Karen Randell (Southamptom Solent University, UK), Timothy Shary (independent scholar, USA), Clémentine Tholas-Disset (Paris East Créteil University, France), Pierre Floquet (Bordeaux University, France), and Cindy White (Central Connecticut State University, USA)

7: 30 pm : Dinner at the Castle Restaurant Bückingsgarten

Contact

For more information about the trip or to ask a question reguarding the trip please get in touch with Either:

Prof. Dr. Angela Krewani

Philipps-Universität Marburg

Institut für Medienwissenschaft
Wilhelm Röpke Strasse 6A
35039 Marburg

Tel: +49-(0)6421-2824691
e-mail: krewani@uni-marburg.de

Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Communication

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Central Connecticut State University

1615 Stanley Street

New Britain, CT 06050

Tel: (001) – 860/832-2692

e-mail: Ritzenhoffk@ccsu.edu