History and Film Highlight Transatlantic Event

A look at history through film is the focus of the 12th annual Graduate Student Symposium on Transatlantic History next week.

The one-day symposium, “Transatlantic Encounters: Film and History,” will be held from 1-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Central Library’s Sixth Floor Parlor. The event is sponsored by the Transatlantic History Student Organization (THSO), Phi Alpha Theta, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of History, and the E. C. Barksdale Lecture Series.

“The symposium is a great opportunity for graduate students to discuss the interrelations between peoples and ideas within a transatlantic realm, and within a more formal setting outside of the classroom,” said Karen Beasley, doctoral candidate and president of THSO. “Transatlantic History is a growing field of history, and we want to provide an opportunity for students to develop their own transatlantic interests, connect with others in the field from other schools from all over the world, and of course, gain some experience in presenting at conferences as they head out into the real ‘academe’ in future years.”

Dr. Sabine Hake (The University of Texas at Austin) is slated to deliver the keynote address, which will examine the representations of Germany’s Third Reich in the Russian film “Moloch” and Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 box office hit “Inglorious Basterds.” Hake, a scholar of German cinema and Weimar culture, has published five books on the topic.

Other presenters include history students and faculty from UT Arlington, Iowa State University and the University of Muenster (Germany).

For more information about the symposium, log on to the THSO website.


The 12th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on Transatlantic History
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, 1-5:30 p.m.
6th Floor Parlor, Central Library, UT Arlington

First Panel, 1 p.m.
“Nuyorican Otherness: American Film and Media Depictions of Puerto Ricans and their Recursive Effects upon Puerto Rican Identity”
Michael Deliz, University of Texas at Arlington

“The Varsity Theater: A Case Study of Non-Hollywood Film Screening in Iowa”
Mohammad Sadegh Foghani, Iowa State University

Second Panel, 2:45 p.m.
“The Émigré and the Exile: A Comparative Study of Gender and Transnational Identity during the Hollywood Studio Era”
Karen E. Beasley, University of Texas at Arlington

“From ‘The Desert Fox’ to ‘Jackboot Mutin’: The Cultural Memory of German Anti-fascist Resistance as a Transnational Endeavour?”
Tobias Temming, University of Muenster, Center for Dutch Studies

Keynote Address, 4:30 p.m.
“Fascism, Postideology, Intertextuality: On ‘Moloch’ and ‘Inglourious Basterds’”
Dr. Sabine Hake, University of Texas at Austin

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