Course date

2 July - 13 July, 2007
Application deadline
15 February, 2007
Course Director(s): 

Aniko Imre

Division of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, School of Cinematic Arts, United States of America

John Neubauer

University of Amsterdam, Comparative Literature, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ginette Verstraete

Free University Amsterdam, Comparative Arts and Media Studies, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Guest Speaker(s): 

Andaluna Borcila

Michigan State University, Humanities, Culture and Writing, East Lansing, United States of America

Aida Hozic

University of Florida, Political Science, Gainesville, United States of America

Slawomir Kapralski

Centre for Social Studies, Social Studies, Warsaw, Poland

Lisa Parks

Film Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Course Coordinator: 

Huub van Baar

Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The course examines the transformation of identities in the former socialist region in the wake of the transition from state-controlled cultures to those permeated by global multimedia practices. Issues of political and cultural representation, the role of different technologies in identity constitution and social control, historical legacies and aesthetic questions will be addressed as integral parts of the same problematic rather than as issues to be examined within particular disciplinary confines.

Bringing together specific case studies and a multi-disciplinary theoretical apparatus, we ask how the post-socialist, globalizing order has produced needs and opportunities for creating new modes of transnational culture beyond the nation and its ethnic, sexual and religious exclusions. In addition, we will explore how the region's post-Soviet geopolitical reconstitution and the politics of the EU's enlargement have resulted in new migrations and diasporic formations and have solidified or contested actual and metaphorical borders within the new Europe. The course also provides an introduction to a range of research foci and methodologies related to globalization and the media across the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including cultural geography, history, comparative cultural studies, film and media studies, anthropology and sociology.

We welcome advanced graduate students and researchers in the humanities and social sciences who intend to pursue comparative, interdisciplinary research on globalization, identities and the media with a geographical emphasis on the post-communist transitions, European integration, or the cultural and political role of the United States in current European economic, political and cultural transformations. We also intend to facilitate future networking and publish selected papers resulting from the course in a book collection and/or special issue of a journal.