Antigypsyism and Film / Antiziganismus und Film
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Published 03.12.2020.


Radmila Mladenova, Tobias von Borcke, Pavel Brunssen, Markus End and Anja Reuss (Eds.)

Antigypsyism and Film / Antiziganismus und Film

Antiziganism is a common phenomenon on the big screen. To examine this issue from various perspectives, acclaimed scholars and junior researchers, filmmakers and human rights activists, both Roma and non-Roma, gathered in Berlin in 2018 and presented their research output, shared personal testimonies and discussed films at the international conference “Antigypsyism and Film“.

The present bilingual volume is a documentation of the conference proceedings. It contains academic articles and essays as well as interviews with filmmakers grouped in four thematic sections: antigypsyism in film, the question of ethics, strategies of subversion and antigypsyism in comparison to other forms of racism.

Radmila Mladenova is a literary and film scholar, pursuing a PhD degree at Heidelberg University’s Institute of Slavic Studies with her research project The ‘White’ Mask and the ‘Gypsy’ Mask in Film. She graduated in English and American Studies at Sofia University, and Culture in the Process of Modernity at Mannheim University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of racism and art.

Tobias von Borcke helped establish the Educational Forum Against Antigypsyism at the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma. Among other things, he was involved in organising the conference “Antigypsyism and Film” documented in this volume.

Pavel Brunssen is a PhD student in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan. His research interests include: antisemitism, antigypsyism, and European football fan cultures. He earned his MA at the Centre for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University of Berlin and his BA in social work and social pedagogy at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences.

Markus End is a social scientist with a research focus on the phenomenon of antigypsyism. Currently, he serves as a member of the Independent Commission on Antigypsyism at the Ministry of the Interior and presides over the Society for the Research of Antigypsyism.

Anja Reuss is a political advisor at the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma. She completed her Master's degree in Educational Science and Modern European History with a focus on National Socialism, Genocide Studies, Migration and Minority History at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Her research interests include: dimensions of antigypsyism, memory politics, minority rights, policing, hate crime and data collection.

Table of Contents
Radmila Mladenova
Introduction: On the Normalcy of Antigypsyism in Film
Romani Rose
Die Macht antiziganistischer Bilder
Section One: Antigypsyism in the Medium of Film
Radmila Mladenova
Über ‚Zigeuner‘-Filme und ihre Technologie der Wahrheitskonstruktion
Habiba Hadziavdic, Hilde Hoffmann
Filmischer Antiziganismus: zur Trope der Ortlosigkeit
Hans Richard Brittnacher
Die Gypsygrotesken des Emir Kusturica: Balkan, Pop und Mafia
Frank Reuter
Konstruktionen der „Zigeunerin“ im NS-Film: eine vergleichende Analyse
Andrea Pócsik
Passings to the Margin: Berlin, 1932
Pavel Brunssen
When Good Intentions Go Bad: The Stereotypical Portrayal of Roma Characters in the German Children and Youth Film "Nellys Abenteuer"
Section Two: The Question of Ethics
Peter Nestler
Ohne moralische Haltung ist das Filmemachen wertlos
André Raatzsch
Eine Ethik des Sehens und Zeigens: Wie demokratisch ist unsere Medienpolitik?
Rebecca Heiler
OPPOSE OTHERING! oder vom Versuch, Filmemachen mit Ethos zu vermitteln
William Bila
Antigypsyism in French Cinema: Why We Need Gadžology, and What Led to "À bras ouverts" ?
Jacques Delfeld
Tagungskommentar: Wir erkennen uns in diesen Filmen nicht wieder, wir sehen Fremde
Section Three: Strategies of Subversion
Kirsten von Hagen
Das Bild vom ‚Zigeuner‘: Alterität im Film – Inszenierungs- und Subversierungsstrategien
Ismael Cortés
Con el viento solano: The Figure of the Criminal ‘Gitano’ in the New Spanish Cinema
Matthias Bauer
Peter Nestler’s Depiction of the Everyday Life of Sinti and Roma
William Hope
The Roma in Italian Documentary Films
Section Four: Antigypsyism in Comparison
Sunnie Rucker-Chang
“Double Coding” in Roma and African American Filmic Representation: A Diachronic Comparison
Sarah Heinz
Black Irish, Wild Irish, and Irish Calibans: Ambivalent Whiteness and Racialisation in Cultural Stereotypes of Irishness
Lea Wohl von Hasenberg
Zwischen Stereotyp und Antisemitismus: jüdische Figuren im bundesrepublikanischen Film und Fernsehen
Antonia Schmid
Tagungskommentar: Film ist eine Ware mit großem Einfluss
Who Is Who in This Volume