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CfP: Mapping German Film Exile: A Transnational Perspective

Mapping German Film Exile: A Transnational Perspective

Workshop: 20-22 June 2024 at Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz

In the context of our DFG-funded research project on the historical film exile “Mapping German Film Migration, 1930-1950,” we invite scholars to contribute to a workshop and publication. Our own project takes the archival files of Günter Peter Straschek as a starting point for re-visiting the historical film exile with digital methods. We focus on escape routes, networks of production, and the diversity of film professionals on the run. Straschek has compiled the names of over 4,000 persons over a period of close to thirty years. For him the German film exile encompasses all individuals who were involved in the German film industry and film culture between 1920 and 1933, and who had to exile before 1945.

Topics for the workshop and publication may include but are not limited to:

  • Research on the film production in the context of the historical film exile (working conditions, the creation of new production companies)
  • Transnational co-operation before, during and after exile
  • Production facilities in Europe in the 1930s
  • The role of the work of exiled crew members for a specific country of exile
  • The historical film exile and its relation to international film cultures
  • Film production as a means of resistance
  • etc.


  • Please submit an abstract of 200-250 words with references and a short bio by 3 February 2024.
  • A first draft of the paper (max 15 pages; for circulation among participants of the workshop) is due on 15 May 2024.
  • The deadline for the final paper is set for 31 August 2024.
  • The book shall be published in 2025.

Dr. Imme Klages & Prof. Dr. Alexandra Schneider


Contact: iklages@uni-mainz.de

Featured image: Photo from https://filmexil.uni-mainz.de, from German Exile Archive 1933-1945