2nd degree (Master)
Communication & Journalism
Dr. Tobias Erbrecht-Hartmann
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Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht Hartmann
The course introduces current tendencies in contemporary European cinema. We focus on cinematic engagement with questions of identity, migration, war and memory in films from West and East European countries ranging from Spain and France to Denmark, Germany and Austria, to Poland and Romania.
The course offers insight into significant tendencies in contemporary European Cinema. We interrelate film historical (Neorealism, New Waves), film theoretical (transnational cinema) and political (European identity and memory) aspects in order to review how contemporary European filmmakers reflect within the framework of cinema on the present state of Europe and European societies as well as on challenges, conflicts and crisis.
Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
• providing knowledge about significant tendencies on contemporary European cinema and European film history
• engaging into contemporary discourses on Europe and present challenges for European societies
• analyzing films and applying knowledge of narrative and stylistic conventions
• conducting independent research on different films, digital culture products and platforms
Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:
Based on class room discussions of selected films different topics, elements and tendencies that characterize European cinema are analyzed. Group-work integrates context factors (historical and political). Basic reading material provides the ground for discussions in class and application of analytical concepts that are later applied to the mid-term assignment and the final paper.
28-10-2019 | Introduction: Intersections and Border-Crossings
04-11-2019 | Memories I: Persisting Pasts
11-11-2019 | Memories II: Exiled Cinemas
18-11-2018 | Memories III: Divided History
25-11-2018 | Traveling I: In the Borderlands
02-12-2019 | Traveling II: East-/Westwards
09-12-2019 | Migration I: In the Shadows
16-12-2019 | Migration II: Towards the Border
23-12-2019 | Conflicts I: The Balkans
30-12-2019 | Conflicts II: Terror
06-01-2020 | Families I: Broken Dreams
20-01-2020 20-01-2020 | Families III: Friendship
27-01-2020 | Conclusion: Europe in Motion
1. Bergfelder, T. (2005). National, transnational or supranational cinema? Rethinking European film studies. Media, Culture & Society, 27(3), 315-331.
2. Halle, R. (2014) The Europeanization of Cinema: Interzones and Imaginative Communities. 2014. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
Additional Reading Material:
A full reading list will provided at the beginning of the course
End of year written/oral examination 60 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 25 %
Assignments 15 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %