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 will be held at Philipps University Wilhelm Röpke Strasse 6A


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)


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


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

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


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