RAF’s Germany: Terrorism, Politics, Protest
2003 Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
at Harvard University
April 11-12, 2003

In conjunction with the conference, the Goethe Institute of Boston is sponsoring a retrospective film series with the Harvard Film Archive. Sixteen films relating to RAF's Germany will be screened from April 5 through April 15. For the complete film schedule and for more information, please see the Goethe Institute.

The highight of the film series will be the appearance of Reinhard Hauff and Andres Veiel the weekend of the conference, April 11 and 12. The two directors will introduce their films and participate in a panel discussion. Stammheim and Knife in the Head, films by Reinhard Hauff, will be shown at the Harvard Film Archive on Friday evening starting at 7:00 p.m. Black Box Germany, a film directed by Andres Veiel, will be screened at the Harvard Film Archive on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for submitting proposals has been extended to JANUARY 10, 2003. Post-graduate scholars as well as graduate students are invited to submit. Attendees will be hosted by graduate students, if desired. Travel expenses may be partially reimbursed, depending on availability of funds.


Call for Papers


In 1977 a series of terrorist assaults masterminded by the Red Army Faction (RAF) hit West Germany. Left-wing terrorism, culminating in the abduction of industrial leader Hanns-Martin Schleyer and the Lufthansa airplane Landshut, paralyzed public life and initiated an identity crisis that brought a young West German democracy to its breaking point.

Twenty-five years after the German Autumn, the graduate students of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University invite interdisciplinary proposals that probe the culture of politics and violence, trace its origins, and reflect the aftermath.
Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:

CONDITIONS
• Terrorism: Frankfurt School’s unwanted step-child?
• Student movement: from 1968 to 1977 and beyond
• Sins of the fathers: fascist past and radical present

CONFRONTATIONS
• Böll vs. BILD: terrorism, media and literature
• Throwing bombs or making movies: cinematic interventions
• Public hysteria and paranoia
• Representing the enemy of the state — the aesthetics of the wanted poster
• Female voices and the gender of terror
• East and West: GDR connections

REPERCUSSIONS
• From terrorism to protest to self-empowerment: shifting cultural energy
• Left-wing melancholy?: terrorism and mourning
• Coming to terms with the past: retrospectives and autobiographies
• Prada-Meinhof: the return of terror as fashion

COMPARISONS — The German Autumn and
• The Munich Olympics 1972
• Left and right-wing terrorism
• Terrorism in America: probing the differences

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The deadline for submittiing proposals has been extended to JANUARY 10, 2003.
Please direct electronic submissions (300-500 words) to:
Laraine Wilkins
lwilkins@fas.harvard.edu mailto:lwilkins@fas.harvard.edu