SAC 622 - Seminar in Transnational Film or Electronic/Digital Media
Section: 001 Sex did not subvert communism: Aesthetics, Politics and Violence in Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Film
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Sex did not subvert communism:
Aesthetics, Politics and Violence in Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Film
: In short, this course is about sex and politics. It builds on the strain in critical thought that likes to see the subversion of political order in people’s lifestyle, artistic production, popular music or sexual behavior. In our work we will investigate the complex relationship between aesthetics and ideology in Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav cinema, and examine the variety of ways in which race, ethnicity, gender inequality and national identity are approached, constructed, promoted, or contested and critically dissected in film texts from the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) and its successor states (Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Slovenia).

Society and Ideology: a historical perspective on the former Yugoslav space between World War II and the country's dissolution, investigating ethical questions within the relationship between individual freedoms and collectively defined social interests and norms at the backdrop of the political tensions. It will also focus on these question in the post-socialist societies of destructive neo-liberalism.

Gender: focuses on women’s lives under Yugoslav state socialism, with particular emphasis on the relationship between sex and politics, as well as the roots of virulent gender violence in traditional patriarchal totalitarianism.

Ethnicity and Race: explores issues of animosity among various Yugoslav ethno-religous groups that led to Yugoslavia’s wars of the 1990s—as well as the discrimination against the Roma people, contemporary xenophobia.

SAC 622 - Seminar in Transnational Film or Electronic/Digital Media
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
4Graduate Standing
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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