Performing AIDS. The Film-maker Rosa von Praunheim between HIV/AIDS-Communities in Germany and the USA

Schappach, Beate (July 2014). Performing AIDS. The Film-maker Rosa von Praunheim between HIV/AIDS-Communities in Germany and the USA. In: "Avantgarde, Tradition, Community". Internationale Konferenz das Fachverbandes Performance Studies international. Shanghai. 04.-08.07.2014.

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This paper explores the works of German film-maker Rosa von Praunheim during the AIDS crisis. In the 1980ies and 1990ies he produced several films portraying the gay communities in Germany and the USA in the face of AIDS. First, this paper analyses the cinematic techniques von Praunheim uses to criticise the German gay community and present the American practices of performing community as a role model for AIDS-activism. In a second step, the focus is put on von Praunheim’s autobiography and the rhetoric strategies he uses to participate in New York’s HIV-community, while being HIV-negative himself.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Theater Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Schappach, Beate


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
600 Technology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
900 History
900 History > 940 History of Europe


[UNSPECIFIED] Aids in Literatur, Theater uns Film. Zur kulturellen Dramaturgie eines Störfalls




Beate Schappach

Date Deposited:

30 Apr 2015 13:52

Last Modified:

26 May 2015 12:07

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Aids, Medizingeschichte, Filmwissenschaft, Sozialgeschichte, Homosexuellenverfolgung, Schwulenbewegung, Rosa Winkel, Konzentrationslager, Nationalsozialismus, Vergangenheitsbewältigung, Filmgeschichte, History of Medicine, Film Studies, Social History, Homosexuality, Gay Movement, Pink Triangle, Concentration Camps, National-Socialism




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