Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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Prof. Dr. Erik Redling

phone: +49 (345) 55-23520

Dachritzstraße 12
06108 Halle (Saale)

American Studies / Literary Studies,
Managing Director of the Muhlenberg Center for American Studies

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
19.00Meet-and-Greet at the “Hofwirtschaft (Cranachhof)”
Thursday, June 25, 2015
09.00 -
Welcome and Opening Remarks:
Gastón Espinosa, Erik Redling, Jason Stevens
1. History and Theory of Protestantism in Religion and Film Studies
(Chair: Jason Stevens, Pittsburgh)
09.30 -
William D. Romanowski (Calvin College)
"Protestant Responses to Hollywood, Censorship, and Art Cinema"
10.15 -
Andrew Quicke (Regent University)
"Independent Protestant Film in the USA, from the Silent
Era to its Contemporary Resurgence"
11.00 -
Coffee break
11.30 -
Clive Marsh (University of Leicester)
"Protestant Themes Within Secular Models of Salvation"
12.15 -
Lunch at the "Best Western Hotel"
2. Protestant Reformation on Screen
(Chair: Erik Redling and Christin Reimann, Halle)
14.00 -
Welcome: Consul General Scott R. Riedmann (Leipzig)
14.15 -
Esther Wipfler (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München)
"Conflicting Visions of Martin Luther in European and
American Movies"
14.45 -
Gastón Espinosa (Claremont McKenna College)
"Conflicting Visions of the English Reformation in Cromwell"
15.30 -
Coffee break
3. Protestant Impulses in European Films
(Chair: Martin Meyer and Julia Nitz, Halle)
16.00 -
Mark Le Fanu (University College London)
"Protestant Miracle in the Danish Film Ordet by Carl
16.45 -
Maaret Koskinen (Stockholm University)
"Protestant Crises in the Swedish Trilogy Silence of God by
Ingmar Bergmann"
18.00 -
Buffet at the "Bibliothek (Leucorea)"
19.30 -
Public film screening:
Ingmar Bergmann The Silence (1963) with subsequent
panel discussion
(Chair: Maaret Koskinen, Stockholm)
Friday, June 26, 2015
3. Protestant Impulses in European Films
(Chair: Julia Straub, Bern, and Martin Meyer, Halle)
09.30 - 10.15Erik Redling (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)
"Resistance to Protestant Allegory in the German-Austrian Film The Scarlet Letter by Wim Wenders"
10.15 - 11.00Georg Maas (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)
"Musical Meditations: Bach's Sacred Music and Other
Musical Traces of Protestantism in European Movies"
11.00 - 11.30Coffee break
4. Protestant Representations in American Movies
(Chair: Gastón Espinosa, Claremont, and Julia Nitz, Halle)
11.30 - 12.15Julia Helmke (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg)
"Evangelical Fundamentalism in American Versus European Films"
12.15 - 14.00Lunch at the "Best Western Hotel"
14.00 - 14.45Timothy Beal (Case Western Reserve University)
"Apocalypticism and Protestant Evangelical Horror from Thief in the Night to Left Behind"
5. Protestant Themes in Film Genres
(Chair: Jason Stevens, Pittsburgh, and Erik Redling, Halle)
14.45 - 15.30Mark Scott (Villanova University)
"Divine Presence and Absence in a World of Woe: The Problem
of Evil in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life"
15.30 - 16.00Coffee break
16.00 - 16.45Victor Sage (East Anglia University)
"Horror: The Devil, Witchcraft, and Sex in The Wicker Man
& The Witchfinder General"
16.45 - 17.30Sara A. Vaux (Northwestern University)
"The Western: Typology and Morality in High Plains Drifter &
Pale Rider"
17.30 - 18.30Students from the University of Halle present:
"Protestantism and Violence in The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke"
(Marcus Bachmann, Emily Blume, and Maurice Theek)
"Protestantism and Seriality in the TV-Series True Detective"
(Norbert Herbstreit)
18.30 - 20.00Dinner at the "Brauhaus Wittenberg"
Saturday, June 27, 2015
5. Protestant Themes in Film Genres
(Chair: Gastón Espinosa, Claremont, and Michael Sauter, Augsburg)
09.30 -
Jason Stevens (University of Pittsburgh)
"Film Noir: Calvinism and Self-Surveillance in Paul
Schrader's Hardcore"
10.15 -
Coffee break
10.30 -
Kjell Lejon (Linköping University)
"Protestant Pietism, the Conflict of Spirit and Flesh, and
Reconciliatory Grace in the Danish Babette's Feast "
11.15 -
Concluding discussion
14.00 -
Guided tour of the "Lutherstadt Wittenberg" (engl.)