Here you can find a range of texts introducing different theoretical aspects of diversity in film and media, as well as relevant bibliography and resources.
A short overview about Latin American feminist journalism, digital support systems and transnational collectivity.
In order to be attentive to diversity issues, film and media education must critically explore their pedagogical practices. This text offers an introduction to the field of critical pedagogy, highlighting some of its key texts before exploring the ways in which this perspective can be applied to the teaching of film theory and film production.
How can we learn about Europe’s biggest minority, the Roma, who are still heavily discriminated against, and avoid the constant repetition of their historical traumas and victimization? Although their oppression and discrimination in several epochs and different regions are recognized facts that have been analysed and understood, we can enhance and expand our knowledge of them with the help of contemporary Roma art, media and academics and turn it into something else: a deliberating process of ‘unlearning the inherent dominative mode’ (Raymond Williams).
Since the early 1990s Black feminist film studies and critical race theory have addressed racist stereotypes in mainstream cinema and analyzed the hegemony of ‘whiteness’ in film and visual culture. On the one hand, research on the visual and narrative representation of race and ethnicities has profoundly enriched the methodologies of film analysis. On the other, archival research and publications have recovered the history and wide range of African American film productions.
The struggle to change the rights and living conditions of people with disabilities is strongly linked to the disability movements, and disability studies has evolved alongside disability policy (Goodley, 2017). Disability studies examines disability issues exclusively in a social context, which is why media studies has a prominent role in understanding the complex phenomenon of disability. Filmmaker and activist Simi Linton, among others, laments that disabled characters on screen are usually portrayed as childish, incompetent, passive or unfriendly, rarely in control of their own lives - responsibly or actively seeking and getting what they want and need (Davis, 2006).
In order to be attentive to diversity issues, film and media education must critically reflect established film canons and the process of canon creation itself. This text offers an introduction to the field of canon reflection and critique by highlighting some of its key texts and questions.
Historically linked to forms of political activism in the wake of the North American AIDS epidemic, queer theory gained momentum in the 1990s at university departments of literature, film, and critical studies in the United States and Europe. Since the early 1990s queer theory has introduced new transdisciplinary modes of theorizing.