Fall 2011

SOCS 642
Cinema and Society across Cultures

Ostor,Akos A.

09/12/2011 - 12/09/2011
Wednesday 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Public Affairs Center 421

Films from around the globe have captured our attention as compelling glimpses of other worlds. Masterworks of cinema, they are firmly anchored in their own societies and histories, yet they have a universal appeal. Are films from distant lands windows to other cultures? What is the relation between cinema and society? Can film esthetics (style and form) engage with anthropological knowledge to deliver cross-cultural understanding to the viewer?

Taking key films from East Europe, West Africa, South Asia, and Australia (regions where the instructor has extensive first hand experience) we shall study film production and consumption, social structure and cultural meaning, film esthetics and critical knowledge, and the possibilities for intercultural understanding.

Enrollment is limited to 18 students.

This course is open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, September 16 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website for a complete list of registration and withdrawal dates for this session.

A syllabus for this course is available at:

Akos Ostor (B.A., M.A., University of Melbourne; Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of anthropology and film studies. Click here for more information about Akos Ostor.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

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