Europe is at the centre of global attention for many reasons: in contemporary times the European integration project, the economic and debt crisis, terrorism, and the wave of migration stand out. But how does Europe perceive itself, its own history, and its own future? If European integration is about some kind of idea of a European future, of European belonging and togetherness, and also of a European role in the world, and the ‘export’ of humanist values, how should we imagine this European future?
The course Sociology of European Cinema is an attempt to explore these issues with a particular emphasis on sociological matters, such as social, political and cultural differences between Eastern and Western European societies, protests against the economic crisis of 2008, and the socio-economic impact of the crisis, the common histories of the Second World War, communism and fascism, and the future of the European integration project. The course aims at advancing sociological knowledge of, and through, cinema as well as at ameliorating linguistic capacities.
Meeting 1 – Lars von Trier – Europa
- PPT Slides soceurcin_class1
- Handout sociology-of-european-cinema_1
- ” ‘You Want to Wake up to Free Yourself of the Image of Europa. But It Is Not Possible’: Lars von Trier’s Critique of the European Narrative of Progress in His Europa Trilogy”, Angelos Koutsourakis, Journal Of Contemporary European Studies Vol. 20 , Iss. 4,2012.
- Rivi, Luisa. European cinema after 1989: cultural identity and transnational production. Springer, 2007.
- Reflection on ‘Europa’ by Caroline Korshøj Byrialsen Lohse Europa – Lars Von Trier_essay
Meeting 2 – Ken Loach – Land and Freedom
- PPT Slides SocEurCin_class2
- Handout LAND AND FREEDOM handout 2017
- Pietsie Feenstra – ‘KEN LOACH’S LAND AND and FREEDOM (1994): CONFLICTS AND QUESTIONS CONCERNING SPANISH CINEMATOGRAPHIC MEMORIES’
- Jones, Huw David. “UK/European Co-productions: The Case of Ken Loach.” Journal of British Cinema and Television 13.3 (2016): 368-389.
- Cardullo, Bert. “A Cinema of Social Conscience: An Interview with Ken Loach.” the minnesota review 2011.76 (2011): 81-96.
Meeting 3 – Lindsay-Hogg – Professional Foul
- PPT slides SocEurCin_class3
- Excerpts play PROFESSIONAL FOUL, Two Passages
- Handout 4_PROFESSIONAL FOUL_handout
- Bennison, N., 1993. ‘Discourse analysis, pragmatics and the dramatic ‘character: Tom Stoppard’s Professional Foul’. Language and literature, 2(2), pp.79-99.
Meeting 4 – Robert Kirchhoff – A Hole in the Head
- PPT slides SocEurCin_class4_17
- Review A Hole in the Head. Directed by Robert Kirchhoff. Produced by Hitchhiker Cinema (Slovakia), Czech Television, Slovak Television and atelier.doc (Slovakia). 2016, 90 minutes. Slovak, Czech, German, Polish, French, Serbian, Croatian, Sinti,Article in Nationalities Papers · October 2017.
- Review Film.sk
Meeting 5 – Eileen Jerrett – Blueberry soup
- It’s just movies – Review: Blueberry Soup
- Björg Thorarensen – Why the making of a crowd-sourced Constitution in Iceland failed
Meeting 6 – Annalisa Piras – The Great European Disaster
- The Telegraph – Nine things The Great European Disaster Movie got wrong
- The Guardian – Is Britain even capable of constructive debate on Europe?
- Cafebabel – Reviewing the end of Europe: The Great European Disaster Movie
Winter semester 2016/2017
Winter semester 2016/2017