This course aims to reflect on how cinema has become a global phenomenon and how it can be considered as one of the central drivers of cultural and economic globalization in the 20th century representing a landmark within the framework of what Appadurai (1996) would call ‘mediascape’. Due to its power to bring people from diverse cultural and national backgrounds together, to influence them, and to shape cultural and political values, in this course some of the key moments of the evolution of cinema from its genesis at the end of the 19th century until the early 1930s with the demise of silent film will be discussed. Students will reflect on how the early globalization of cinema and its transformative potential have contributed to forge the star-system, various styles and genres from actualities to fiction films in aesthetic terms, and how they have impacted on the configuration of national and transnational communities through the discussion of issues such as race, genre, ethnicity, diverse types of conflict, work, among others. Whenever it is possible commented screenings will be articulated with the Portuguese Cinematheque, a partner of The Lisbon Consortium.
Culture and Globalization
6 ECTs / Semester / English