Dr Chris Homewood

Dr Chris Homewood

Lecturer in German and World Cinemas

Programme Manager, JH Film Studies

+44 (0)113 343 3512

Summary: Cinematic representations of left-wing terrorism and '1968' in Germany; the cultural memory of the Rote Armee Fraktion; Weimar Cinema; Post-Wall and New German Cinema; the 'Berlin School'; genre

Location: Michael Sadler 2.06

Teaching Commitments: GERM1030: Core Language I; GERM2050/51: Introduction to German Film; GERM3180: Screening Terrorism; GERM3110: German Dissertation; MODL1050: Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture; MODL2230: Questioning Genre in World Cinemas; MODL3020: World Cinemas Disser

Overview

Research Interests

Cinematic representations of left-wing terrorism and ‘1968’ in Germany

The cultural memory of the Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF)

Weimar Cinema

New German Cinema

Post-Wall German Cinema

The ‘Berlin School’ of filmmakers

Genre in World Cinemas

Orientalism; the relationship between Hollywood and China

Current Research Projects

Dr. Homewood is completing a monograph on cinematic representations of the Red Army Faction (RAF) from the New German Cinema to the present day, From Baader to Prada: Cultural Memory, Filmmakers and the RAF. He is also currently researching the representational implications of recent Sino-American co-productions.

Potential areas of supervision

Dr. Homewood would welcome approaches from students interested in researching the following areas:

  • All areas of German Cinema
  • Cinematic representations of left-wing terrorism and ‘1968’ in Germany
  • Hollywood (and Orientalism)

Research Degree Supervision:

Supervisor for James Rose (MAR), ‘The Living and the Dead: the Gothic Monsters of Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth': successful completion, Autumn 2010.

Supervisor for Rachael Plant (MAR), ‘Resistance Narratives in Recent German Cinema’: successful completion, Autumn 2012.

Supervisor for David Lashbrook (MAR), 'Carefully Watched for a Reason: Should Music Biopics be Considered as a Genre in their Own Right?': successful completion, Autumn 2013

Co-supervisor for Joanna Gilbert (PhD), ‘Fluidity and anti-essentialism in Alexander Kluge’s depictions of gender’: due to submit 2014.

Supervisor for Rachel Green (PhD), 'Contemporary Austrian Anti-Heimat Films'.

Supervisor for Laura Blessitt (MAR), 'German Terrorism and Film'.

Supervisor for Michelle Summersgill (MAR), 'Environmentalism in the Films of Studio Ghibli'.

Biography

Educated at the University of Bangor, North Wales (BA), the University of Nottingham (MA) and the University of Leeds (PhD), I joined the department as Lecturer in German and World Cinemas in 2007.

Research

 a) Books

In preparation for Berghahn: From Baader to Prada: Cultural Memory, Filmmakers and the RAF (monograph) 

b) Edited Volumes

With Paul Cooke (eds.), New Directions in German Cinema (London/NY: I. B. Tauris, 2011)

c) Articles/Chapters in Books

  • 'Von Trotta's The German Sisters and Petzold's The State I Am In: Discursive Boundaries in the Films of the New German Cinema to the Present day', Studies in European Cinema, 2.2, 2005
  • 'The Return of "Undead" History: The West German Terrorist as Vampire and the Problem of "Normalizing" the Past in Margarethe von Trotta's Die bleierne Zeit (1981) and Christian Petzold's Die innere Sicherheit (2001)', in Stuart Taberner and Paul Cookes, eds., German Culture, Politics and Literature into the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Normalization (Rochester: Camden House, 2006)
  • 'Challenging the Taboo: the Memory of West Germany's Terrorist Past in Andres Veiel's Black Box BRD (2001)',New Cinemas, 5.2, 2007
  • 'Making Invisible Memory Visible: Communicative Memory and Taboo in Andres Veiel's Black Box BRD (2001)', in Gerrit-Jan Berendse and Ingo Cornils, eds., Baader-Meinhof Returns. History and Cultural Memory of German Left-Wing Terrorism (German Monitor) ( Amsterdam / New York: Rodopi, 2008)
  • ‘Have the Best Ideas Stood the Test of Time? Negotiating the Legacy of '1968' in The Edukators’, in Ingo Cornils and Sarah Waters (eds.), Memories of 1968. International Perspectives (Cultural History and Literary Imagination Vol.16), (Bern, Peter Lang 2010)
  • ‘From Baader to Prada: Memory and Myth in Uli Edel’s The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)’, in Paul Cooke and Chris Homewood (eds.), New Directions in German Cinema (London/NY: I. B. Tauris, 2011)
  • 'Wind', in by Roger Cook, Lutz Koepnick, Kristin Kopp, Brad Prager (eds.), Berlin School Glossary: An ABC of the New Wave in German Cinema (Bristol: Intellect, 2013)

    d) Online

             'Transformers 4: China is using Hollywood to take on the world', The Conversation, 04 July, 2014.

    d) Research Talks and Conference Presentations

    • 'Von Trotta's The German Sisters and Petzold's The State I Am In; Discursive Boundaries in the Films of the New German Cinema to the Present day', at the European Cinema Research Forum (ECRF), University of Northumbria, 9-11 July 2004.
    • 'The West German terrorist as Vampire', at Cultural Memory of German Left-Wing Terrorism, Cardiff School of European Studies, 15-17 September 2005.
    • 'Communicative Memory and Taboo in Andres Veiel's Black Box BRD, at Conference of University Teachers of German in Great Britain and Ireland (CUTG), Leeds, 24-26 March 2006.
    • 'Have the Best Ideas Stood the Test of Time? Negotiating the Legacy of '68 in Hans Weingartner's Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei/The Edukators', at Memories of 1968: International Perspectives, University of Leeds, 17-18 April 2008.
    • ‘Hans Weingartner's The Edukators: Political Forum or Cinematic Site of Mass Diversion?’, at the University of Swansea, 2009
    • ‘From Baader to Prada: The Shifting Representation of Urban Terrorism in German Cinema’, at the Goethe Institute, Manchester, 2009.
    • ‘The Transnational Orientation of The Baader Meinhof Complex’, at Representing and Experiencing Transnationalism: Germanic Languages and Cultures in Global Perspective, UW-Madison, 25-26 March 2010.
    • ‘From Baader to Prada: Memory and Myth in Uli Edel’s The Baader Meinhof Complex’, at Re-Visioning Terrorism: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference, Purdue University, 08-10 September, 2011
    • ‘Left-Wing Terrorism and German Cinema’, at the Film and Television Aesthetics Research Seminar Series, University of Hertfordshire, 2 May 2012.
    • ‘Terrorism in Contemporary German Film’ at ECRF, Edge Hill University, 16-18 July 2012.
    • 'Hollywood, Orientalism, and Chinese Soft Power', Centre for World Cinemas Research Seminar Series, University of Leeds, 24 November 2014.

      Other Activities

      Co-editor of New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film (published by Intellect Press)

      On the advisory board for Studies in European Cinema (published by Intellect Press)

      Impact, community and teaching enhancement activities

      Public presentations, teaching enhancement and impact engagement activities include: 

      Autumn, 2008: a talk given to the Leeds Anglo-German Society about the representation of urban terrorism in German-language films.

      Autumn 2009: a talk given to the Manchester Goethe Institut about the representation of urban terrorism in German-language films.

      November 2013: participation in a roundtable discussion of 'catalyst films' as part of the Leeds International Film Festival.

      27 January 2014: a talk delivered to postgraduates titled 'How to Get Published' at the event 'Publishing in the Visual Arts'

      04 July 2014: a short article based on my recent work about Hollywood, Orientalism, and Chinese soft power was published in the online newspaper The Conversation (see 'research' above for a link to the article).

      Summer 2014: I devised and led a project to develop a Centre for World Cinemas / Leeds International Film Festival postgraduate internship for the new MRes in World Cinemas.

      Conferences Organised

      • European Cinema Research Forum, Leeds, July 2005 (co-organiser)
      • New Waves and New Cinemas, Leeds, 8th July 2006. For further details visit http://www.german.leeds.ac.uk/update/newwaves.htm
      • German Cinema since 2000, Postgraduate symposium, University of Leeds, November 2009
      • German Screen Studies Network, 'Translating Stars: German Cinema in Transnational Context', University of Leeds, September, 2014.