16.10.2018

14 December: Lecture, "Approaches in Popular Culture Studies"

The DSP-Kolleg Popular Culture Studies is organizing a lecture series entitled "Approaches in Popular Culture Studies" during the winter term 2018/19. The second session will take place on 14 December from 11:00 to 13:00 at the Unipark (Room 2.138) and will cover the topic "Decolonization and Postcolonial Cinema In Canada, Brazil, Australia and Nigeria".

The representation of postcolonial non-European cultures in Western mainstream media – print, television, radio, feature films, and ethnographic films – is often a neo/colonial discourse fraught with ethnocentrism, prejudice, distortion, and stereotypes. Neo/colonial discourses have created myths of Indigenous and local people embedded in the semantics of exoticism, primitivism, and savagery, which, in turn, have shored up Eurocentric cultural hegemonies, generated racialized thought, and cemented ‘naturalized’ Eurocentric cultural, political, and economic domination of subaltern people.

Indigenous and subaltern film directors and producers around the world have started to battle this politics of representation by “filming back” and working towards decolonizing current film discourses. Notably the last decade has seen an immense development in Indigenous and postcolonial feature film production which shows in the ever-growing Indigenous and African film festivals around the world.

Prof. Knopf’s guest lecture will outline basic ideas of decolonizing film and then discuss four films from different postcolonial regions. These examples include the feature films Johnny Tootall (Canada, 2005), Birdwatchers (Brazil, 2008), Stone Bros (Australia, 2009), and MAAMi (Nigeria, 2011).

Sascha Trültzsch-Wijnen

FB Kommunikationswissenschaft

Universität Salzburg

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