CfA: Music in European Postwar Cinema

Book project:
“Music in European Postwar Cinema”
Deadline: October 15th, 2014

This book project seeks to bring together the varied and diverse aesthetic approaches to film music in Europe over the last century and to create a theoretical model for the music in European cinema within a well-defined historical period, the postwar years up to the fall of the Berlin wall (1946 – 1989). The anthology ideally contains contributions on the music in

  • Italian Neorealism
  • Italian cinema from the 1950s to the 1980s
  • French mainstream cinema of the 1950s
  • French New Wave cinema
  • French art and mainstream cinema from the 1960s to the 1980s
  • Neues Deutsches Kino
  • West German mainstream cinema from the 1950s to the 1980s
  • Cinema in the GDR
  • British Cinema from the 1950s to the 1980s
  • New British Cinema
  • Dutch and Belgian cinema
  • Spanish cinema during the Franco regime
  • Spanish post-Franco cinema
  • Scandinavian cinema from Bergman to Trier
  • Czech, Polish and Hungarian cinema (in particular of the 1960s and 1970s)
  • Cinema of the Balkans
  • Greek cinema
  • Soviet cinema from Stalin to Glasnost

The music in films from these countries and stylistic periods should be ideally analyzed by expanding the horizon of music in cinema to include the following historical, social, political and cultural topics particularly relevant to the life in postwar Europe:

  • Memory, trauma and the past
  • History, politics and cultural identity
  • Migration, diaspora, displacement and crossing borders
  • Political repression and self-censorship, dissent and stagnation
  • Nationalism
  • Images and identity of the self and the other
  • Human relationships, sexuality, and gender representations

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a max. 5,000-word essay or any inquiries to m.baumgartner29 at and eboczkowska at before October 15th, 2014.

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