Gabriele Mueller

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Associate Professor
Collegium Member, Canadian Centre for German and European Studies

Office: S524, Ross Building
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 66289
Emailgmueller@yorku.ca

Gabriele Mueller is Associate Professor in German Studies and an affiliate with the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York University. Her research interests lie in the areas of German cultural studies, contemporary German film, and East German studies. She has published on different aspects of post-unification and contemporary German cinema and television. She has concentrated mainly on two areas: an exploration of cinematic responses to social change, and cinematic discourses on cultural memory, in particular related to the remembering of the GDR.

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Area of Specialization

Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Degrees

Ph.D., German Film Studies, University of the West of England
Diplomlehrer, Teacher of German and English (equivalent to M.Ed), Leipzig University

Professional Leadership

Conference and workshop organization

- Program Chair, CAUTG conference 2013, 2014

- Co-organizer (with Peter McIsaac, York University) of international conference “The Past on Display: Museums, Film, Musealization”, held in April 2011

- Co-organizer (with Diana Spokiene, York University) of workshop “Visions of Tomorrow: Science and Utopia in German Culture” at the 11th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, 2008, Helsinki.

- Co-organizer (with James Skidmore, University of Waterloo) of international film conference ‘Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria’ at the University of Waterloo in May 2008.


Research Interests

Culture and Cultural Studies , Film , Contemporary German cinema, German film history, DEFA, East German studies

Selected Publications

Exhibiting the Past. Museums, Film, Musealization. Ed. With Peter McIsaac. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2015.

Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria. Ed. with James Skidmore. Wilfrid Laurier Press, Waterloo, Canada, 2012.

“Re-Imaging the Niche: Visual Reconstructions of Private Spaces in the GDR.” Remembering and Rethinking the GDR. Eds. Anna Saunders and Debbie Pinfold. Palgrave MacMillan, 2013. 197-213.

“Surviving Ourselves: Mothers, Clones, and the Legacy of 1968 in Elementary Particles (Roehler, 2006) and Blueprint (Schübel, 2003).” German Politics and Society. 28:4, 2010. 1-18.

“Imagining the RAF from an East German Perspective: ‘Vater, Mutter, Mörderkind’ (Carow, 1993) and ‘Raus aus der Haut’ (Dresen, 1997)”. History and Cultural Memory of German Left-Wing Terrorism, 1968-1998. Eds. Gerrit-Jan Berendse and Ingo Cornils. German Monitor. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008. 269-284.

Co-authored with James Skidmore: “Cinema of Dissent? Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria.” Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria. Eds. Gabriele Mueller and James Skidmore. Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2012, 1-22.

Selected Publications

Exhibiting the Past. Museums, Film, Musealization. Ed. With Peter McIsaac. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2015.

Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria. Ed. with James Skidmore. Wilfrid Laurier Press, Waterloo, Canada, 2012.

“Re-Imaging the Niche: Visual Reconstructions of Private Spaces in the GDR.” Remembering and Rethinking the GDR. Eds. Anna Saunders and Debbie Pinfold. Palgrave MacMillan, 2013. 197-213.

“Surviving Ourselves: Mothers, Clones, and the Legacy of 1968 in Elementary Particles (Roehler, 2006) and Blueprint (Schübel, 2003).” German Politics and Society. 28:4, 2010. 1-18.

“Imagining the RAF from an East German Perspective: ‘Vater, Mutter, Mörderkind’ (Carow, 1993) and ‘Raus aus der Haut’ (Dresen, 1997)”. History and Cultural Memory of German Left-Wing Terrorism, 1968-1998. Eds. Gerrit-Jan Berendse and Ingo Cornils. German Monitor. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008. 269-284.

Co-authored with James Skidmore: “Cinema of Dissent? Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria.” Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria. Eds. Gabriele Mueller and James Skidmore. Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2012, 1-22.

All Publications

Books

Exhibiting the Past. Museums, Film, Musealization. Ed. With Peter McIsaac. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2015.

Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria. Ed. with James Skidmore. Wilfrid Laurier Press, Waterloo, Canada, 2012.

Book Chapters

“Introduction.” The Past on Display. Museums, Film, Musealization. Ed. Peter McIsaac and Gabriele Mueller. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2015, 3-20.

“Re-Imaging the Niche: Visual Reconstructions of Private Spaces in the GDR.” Remembering and Rethinking the GDR. Eds. Anna Saunders and Debbie Pinfold. Palgrave MacMillan, 2013. 197-213.

Co-authored with James Skidmore: “Cinema of Dissent? Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria.” Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria. Eds. Gabriele Mueller and James Skidmore. Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2012, 1-22.

“The Aged Traveler: Cinematic Representations of Post-Retirement Masculinity.” Narratives of Life: Mediating Age. Aging Studies in Europe. Eds. Heike Hartung and Roberta Maierhofer. Münster: Lit-Verlag, 2009. 149-165.

“Imagining the RAF from an East German Perspective: ‘Vater, Mutter, Mörderkind’ (Carow, 1993) and ‘Raus aus der Haut’ (Dresen, 1997)”. History and Cultural Memory of German Left-Wing Terrorism, 1968-1998. Eds. Gerrit-Jan Berendse and Ingo Cornils. German Monitor. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008. 269-284.

“Committing to ‘Third Space’: Teaching Film in the International Classroom”. The International Classroom: Challenging the Notion. Eds. Cecchetto, Vikki and Magda Stroinska. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag, 2006. 161-170.

“Kurt Maetzig: Das Kaninchen bin ich.” Censorship. A World Encyclopaedia. Ed. Derek Jones. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. 1495-1496. (encyclopaedia entry)

“Verbotsfilme (Forbidden Films).” Censorship. A World Encyclopaedia. Ed. Derek Jones. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. 946-947. (encyclopaedia entry)

Journal Articles

Co-authored with Peter McIsaac and Diana Spokiene: “Introduction.” Visions of Tomorrow. Science and Utopia in German Culture. Ed. With Peter McIsaac and Diana Spokiene. Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies. Vol. XLVIII, No.1, Feb. 2012, 1-8

“Surviving Ourselves: Mothers, Clones, and the Legacy of 1968 in Elementary Particles (Roehler, 2006) and Blueprint (Schübel, 2003).” German Politics and Society. 28:4, 2010. 1-18.

“Going East, Looking West: Border Crossings in Recent German Cinema”. Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies. 44:4, 2008. 453-469.

“’Welcome to Reality’. Constructions of German Identity in ‘Lichter’ (Distant Lights, Schmid, 2003) and ‘Halbe Treppe’ (Grill Point, Dresen, 2002)”. New Cinemas. Journal of Contemporary Film. 4:2, 2006. 117-127.

Conference Proceedings

“‘Links is wat, rechts is wat, und wir sind mittendrin’ - Representation of Teenagers in Helmut Dziuba’s Film Jana und Jan.” Millennial Essays on Film and Other German Studies. Ed. Daniela Berghahn and Alan Bance. Southampton: Peter Lang, 2002. 79-91.

Conference Papers

September 2010 "Re-Imaging the Niche: Visual Reconstructions of Private Spaces in the GDR." After the Wall: Remembering and Rethinking the GDR.", Bangor University, UK.

March 2013: “Redefining the Autorenfilm? The German Film Festival Ludwigshafen – a National Auteur Film Festival in the Age of Transnational and Industrial Filmmaking.” SCMS conference, Chicago, March 2013.

December 2010: “Zeitenwende 1989: ‘Ost-Zeit’ in Film und Fernsehen.“ International colloquium of the Mitteleuropazentrum of the Technische Universität Dresen, Germany.

May 2010 “Virtual Museums: Reconstructing the GDR on Screen.” Annual CAUTG Meeting, Montreal.

July 2008 “Surviving Ourselves: Mothers, Clones, and the Legacy of 1968 in Elementary Particles (Roehler, 2006) and Blueprint (Schübel, 2003).” 11th International Conference of ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas), Helsinki.

June 2008 “Schultze’s Journey to Retirement: Constructions of Aging in Recent German Cinema.” Annual CAUTG Meeting, Vancouver.

November 2007 “The Road to Retirement: Male Aging on Screen in Harry and Tonto (Mazursky, 1974) About Schmidt (Payne, 2002), and Children of Nature (Fridriksson, 1992).” Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Philadelphia.

September 2006 “Going East, Looking West: Border Crossings in Recent German Cinema.” German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, USA.

November 2005 “Frankfurt (Oder) Berlin? City Spaces and the Construction of German Identity in ‘Nachtgestalten’, ‘Die Polizistin’, and ‘Halbe Treppe’ by Andreas Dresen.” AATG Annual Meeting, Baltimore, USA.

October 2005 “Unification: Hour Zero for a New German Cinema?” 15 Years United Germany – The Effects of Unification. Waterloo Centre for German Studies, University of Waterloo. (invited)

September 2005 “Idealistische Gutmenschen? ‘Vater, Mutter, Mörderkind’ (Carow, 1993) and ‘Raus aus der Haut’ (Dresen, 1997) - Imagining the RAF from an East German Perspective.” Cultural Memory of German Left-Wing Terrorism. Cardiff University, UK.

July 2005 ““Welcome to Reality”. Constructions of ‘Germanness’ in Halbe Treppe (Grill Point, 2002) and Lichter (Distant Lights, 2003).” European Cinema Research Forum. University of Leeds, UK.

May 2005 “Terrorists as Heroes? Representations of the RAF within East German Contexts.” Annual meeting of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German at the University of Western Ontario.

May 2004 “Family Fictions: Representations of the ‘East German Family’ in Post-Wende film.” Annual meeting of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg.

May 2002 “Vergiss Amerika – The Construction of Social Identity in Vanessa Jopp’s film.” Presented at the Annual meeting of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German at the University of Toronto.

April 2000 “The Wende through the eyes of teenagers in Films by H. Dziuba.” CUTG Conference, University of Southampton.

October 1996 “Jugend im DEFA Film - H. Dziuba’s Erscheinen Pflicht.” Association for Modern German Studies Conference: Deutschland im Spiegel seiner Filme. York University, UK.

Book Reviews

Jennifer M. Kapczynski. “‘The German Patient.‘Crisis and Recovery in Postwar Culture.” Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 2008. In: German Quarterly. 84:3, 2011, 387-8.

Joshua Feinstein. “The Triumph of the Ordinary. Depictions of Daily Life in the East German Cinema, 1949-1989.” Chapel Hill, UNC Press. 2002. In: Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies. XLI: 2 (2005): 185-186.


Gabriele Mueller is Associate Professor in German Studies and an affiliate with the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York University. Her research interests lie in the areas of German cultural studies, contemporary German film, and East German studies. She has published on different aspects of post-unification and contemporary German cinema and television. She has concentrated mainly on two areas: an exploration of cinematic responses to social change, and cinematic discourses on cultural memory, in particular related to the remembering of the GDR.

Area of Specialization

Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Degrees

Ph.D., German Film Studies, University of the West of England
Diplomlehrer, Teacher of German and English (equivalent to M.Ed), Leipzig University

Professional Leadership

Conference and workshop organization

- Program Chair, CAUTG conference 2013, 2014

- Co-organizer (with Peter McIsaac, York University) of international conference “The Past on Display: Museums, Film, Musealization”, held in April 2011

- Co-organizer (with Diana Spokiene, York University) of workshop “Visions of Tomorrow: Science and Utopia in German Culture” at the 11th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, 2008, Helsinki.

- Co-organizer (with James Skidmore, University of Waterloo) of international film conference ‘Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria’ at the University of Waterloo in May 2008.

Research Interests:

Culture and Cultural Studies , Film , Contemporary German cinema, German film history, DEFA, East German studies

All Publications

Books

Exhibiting the Past. Museums, Film, Musealization. Ed. With Peter McIsaac. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2015.

Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria. Ed. with James Skidmore. Wilfrid Laurier Press, Waterloo, Canada, 2012.

Book Chapters

“Introduction.” The Past on Display. Museums, Film, Musealization. Ed. Peter McIsaac and Gabriele Mueller. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2015, 3-20.

“Re-Imaging the Niche: Visual Reconstructions of Private Spaces in the GDR.” Remembering and Rethinking the GDR. Eds. Anna Saunders and Debbie Pinfold. Palgrave MacMillan, 2013. 197-213.

Co-authored with James Skidmore: “Cinema of Dissent? Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria.” Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria. Eds. Gabriele Mueller and James Skidmore. Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2012, 1-22.

“The Aged Traveler: Cinematic Representations of Post-Retirement Masculinity.” Narratives of Life: Mediating Age. Aging Studies in Europe. Eds. Heike Hartung and Roberta Maierhofer. Münster: Lit-Verlag, 2009. 149-165.

“Imagining the RAF from an East German Perspective: ‘Vater, Mutter, Mörderkind’ (Carow, 1993) and ‘Raus aus der Haut’ (Dresen, 1997)”. History and Cultural Memory of German Left-Wing Terrorism, 1968-1998. Eds. Gerrit-Jan Berendse and Ingo Cornils. German Monitor. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008. 269-284.

“Committing to ‘Third Space’: Teaching Film in the International Classroom”. The International Classroom: Challenging the Notion. Eds. Cecchetto, Vikki and Magda Stroinska. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag, 2006. 161-170.

“Kurt Maetzig: Das Kaninchen bin ich.” Censorship. A World Encyclopaedia. Ed. Derek Jones. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. 1495-1496. (encyclopaedia entry)

“Verbotsfilme (Forbidden Films).” Censorship. A World Encyclopaedia. Ed. Derek Jones. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. 946-947. (encyclopaedia entry)

Journal Articles

Co-authored with Peter McIsaac and Diana Spokiene: “Introduction.” Visions of Tomorrow. Science and Utopia in German Culture. Ed. With Peter McIsaac and Diana Spokiene. Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies. Vol. XLVIII, No.1, Feb. 2012, 1-8

“Surviving Ourselves: Mothers, Clones, and the Legacy of 1968 in Elementary Particles (Roehler, 2006) and Blueprint (Schübel, 2003).” German Politics and Society. 28:4, 2010. 1-18.

“Going East, Looking West: Border Crossings in Recent German Cinema”. Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies. 44:4, 2008. 453-469.

“’Welcome to Reality’. Constructions of German Identity in ‘Lichter’ (Distant Lights, Schmid, 2003) and ‘Halbe Treppe’ (Grill Point, Dresen, 2002)”. New Cinemas. Journal of Contemporary Film. 4:2, 2006. 117-127.

Conference Proceedings

“‘Links is wat, rechts is wat, und wir sind mittendrin’ - Representation of Teenagers in Helmut Dziuba’s Film Jana und Jan.” Millennial Essays on Film and Other German Studies. Ed. Daniela Berghahn and Alan Bance. Southampton: Peter Lang, 2002. 79-91.

Conference Papers

September 2010 "Re-Imaging the Niche: Visual Reconstructions of Private Spaces in the GDR." After the Wall: Remembering and Rethinking the GDR.", Bangor University, UK.

March 2013: “Redefining the Autorenfilm? The German Film Festival Ludwigshafen – a National Auteur Film Festival in the Age of Transnational and Industrial Filmmaking.” SCMS conference, Chicago, March 2013.

December 2010: “Zeitenwende 1989: ‘Ost-Zeit’ in Film und Fernsehen.“ International colloquium of the Mitteleuropazentrum of the Technische Universität Dresen, Germany.

May 2010 “Virtual Museums: Reconstructing the GDR on Screen.” Annual CAUTG Meeting, Montreal.

July 2008 “Surviving Ourselves: Mothers, Clones, and the Legacy of 1968 in Elementary Particles (Roehler, 2006) and Blueprint (Schübel, 2003).” 11th International Conference of ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas), Helsinki.

June 2008 “Schultze’s Journey to Retirement: Constructions of Aging in Recent German Cinema.” Annual CAUTG Meeting, Vancouver.

November 2007 “The Road to Retirement: Male Aging on Screen in Harry and Tonto (Mazursky, 1974) About Schmidt (Payne, 2002), and Children of Nature (Fridriksson, 1992).” Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Philadelphia.

September 2006 “Going East, Looking West: Border Crossings in Recent German Cinema.” German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, USA.

November 2005 “Frankfurt (Oder) Berlin? City Spaces and the Construction of German Identity in ‘Nachtgestalten’, ‘Die Polizistin’, and ‘Halbe Treppe’ by Andreas Dresen.” AATG Annual Meeting, Baltimore, USA.

October 2005 “Unification: Hour Zero for a New German Cinema?” 15 Years United Germany – The Effects of Unification. Waterloo Centre for German Studies, University of Waterloo. (invited)

September 2005 “Idealistische Gutmenschen? ‘Vater, Mutter, Mörderkind’ (Carow, 1993) and ‘Raus aus der Haut’ (Dresen, 1997) - Imagining the RAF from an East German Perspective.” Cultural Memory of German Left-Wing Terrorism. Cardiff University, UK.

July 2005 ““Welcome to Reality”. Constructions of ‘Germanness’ in Halbe Treppe (Grill Point, 2002) and Lichter (Distant Lights, 2003).” European Cinema Research Forum. University of Leeds, UK.

May 2005 “Terrorists as Heroes? Representations of the RAF within East German Contexts.” Annual meeting of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German at the University of Western Ontario.

May 2004 “Family Fictions: Representations of the ‘East German Family’ in Post-Wende film.” Annual meeting of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg.

May 2002 “Vergiss Amerika – The Construction of Social Identity in Vanessa Jopp’s film.” Presented at the Annual meeting of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German at the University of Toronto.

April 2000 “The Wende through the eyes of teenagers in Films by H. Dziuba.” CUTG Conference, University of Southampton.

October 1996 “Jugend im DEFA Film - H. Dziuba’s Erscheinen Pflicht.” Association for Modern German Studies Conference: Deutschland im Spiegel seiner Filme. York University, UK.

Book Reviews

Jennifer M. Kapczynski. “‘The German Patient.‘Crisis and Recovery in Postwar Culture.” Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 2008. In: German Quarterly. 84:3, 2011, 387-8.

Joshua Feinstein. “The Triumph of the Ordinary. Depictions of Daily Life in the East German Cinema, 1949-1989.” Chapel Hill, UNC Press. 2002. In: Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies. XLI: 2 (2005): 185-186.