Cultural policies in the countries of the former Yugoslavia

Instructor(s): Eleni Sideri

Course abstract:

The course examines the complex relationship of ‘politics’ and ‘culture’ in the film production of the former Yugoslavia. For decades, cinema as cultural text has been connected to the national narratives. The birth of Yugoslavia after World War II, which stopped the inception of national cinemas, laid the foundations of “Cinema Kommunisto’. The personal vision of Tito to create a Yugoslav cinema balanced between ideological orthodoxy, propaganda and artistic creation. After the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia, the independent republics were invited to respond to a cinematic landscape of cultural flows, transnational partnerships and global viewership. The course, starting from film (fiction and documentary) and to a lesser extent, television of the former Yugoslavia countries, will examine issues of national High/ Low culture and cinema, ideology and art, gender, memory and representation, transnationalism and Europeanness through the use of audio-visual and multimedia methods as well as visits to cultural organisations and sites (Cinemateque, Museum of Cinema, festivals).

Indicative bibliography:

Cuche D. 1996. La notion de culture dans les science sociales. Paris: La Decouverte

Dermentzopoulos Ch. & Spyridakis M. 2004. Anthropologia, Kultura and Politiki [Anthropology, Culture, and Politics]. Athens: Metechmio.

Goulding D.  J. 2002. Liberated Cinema: The Yugoslav Experience 1945-2001. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.

Hill J. & Gibson P. Church. 2001. Film Studies, Critical Approaches. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Thompson Κ. & Bordwell D.  1997. An Art History. An Introduction. NY: McGraw Hill .

Wachtel A. Baruch. 1998. Making A Nation, Breaking A Nation. Literature and Cultural Politics in Yugoslavia. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

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