FAVz036 Screen Industries in East-Central Europe: Cultural Policies and Political Culture

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2012
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. Petr Szczepanik, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Šimon Bauer (assistant)
Mgr. Šárka Gmiterková, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Jiří Voráč, Ph.D.
Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture - Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to: understand and explain how cultural policies of the East-Central European countries influence respective local screen industries.
  • The Second Annual Screen Industries in East-Central Europe Conference (SIECE) will focus on the broadly defined issues of policies and politics. To date, historians have, by focusing on propaganda, censorship, and purges, examined in some measure the nature of top-down political control of media in the region; a region characterized somewhat notoriously by changes in political regimes and by the redrawing of national borders. Nevertheless, there remains a distinct lack of empirical and theoretical studies considering the ways in which policy and political agenda have shaped the structure and everyday practices of actual media institutions, and how, in turn, policy and political agenda have shaped media texts and cultural experiences of those texts. Accordingly, this conference provides a forum in which to interrogate the multifaceted relationships in East-Central Europe between, on the one hand, policy and politics, and on the other hand, screen media. Potential topics for papers and panels include
  • but are not limited to:
  • - Authoritarian state policies: direct, top-down state and Party control through ideological prescription, financing, quotas, censorship, planning, labor policies, etc …
  • - Creative industries and today’s policy frameworks and institutions: “culture as heritage” and “cultural diversity” policies; adoption of neoliberal discourses around “creativity”, “creative economy” and “creative clusters”; regional and local economic development policies; European and national support programmes, including incentives for overseas producers, coproduction initiatives and “cultural tests”; festivals and film markets, etc …
  • - Industry politics: political strategies and agendas as implemented and re-articulated through concrete practices of production, distribution, exhibition, and preservation
  • - Micropolitics of production communities: struggles over authority, creative control, authorship, credit, reputation, trust, social status, etc …
  • - Politics of the text: politicized and subversive genres, narratives, styles, and readings, understood through their interaction with top-down cultural policies
  • - Public-service broadcasting: to what extent has television replaced the socialist state as the main commissioner of, producer of, and delivery system for film, and what are the cultural-political consequences of such a shift?
  • - Governance of participatory media: piracy (including its long political history in the region), sharing, mash- ups, intellectual property rights enforcement, surveillance and new forms of censorship in terms of their impact on online audiovisual production and dissemination
  • - Media corruption: non-transparent media ownership, clientelism and the ways in which media manipulate politics and public opinion have been discussed widely in communication studies, but consideration of these issues is conspicuous by its absence from culturally-based research on film and television in East- Central European countries; however, last year’s conference showed that the question of who is “corrupting” audiovisual industries and how “corruption” takes form are topics of direct relevance to the region.
    recommended literature
  • Media industries : history, theory, and method. Edited by Jennifer Holt - Alisa Perren. 1st pub. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. xii, 283. ISBN 9781405163422. info
Teaching methods
series of conference papers
Assessment methods
written report
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught: in blocks.
General note: Koná se ve dnech 23.-25.11.2012.

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