At a time of accelerating globalization, when our students’ movies and their lives are increasingly shaped by transnational flows of media, politics, finance, technology, and cultural values, introducing them to world cinema is more important than ever. But the challenges facing us as teachers are also far-ranging and complex, among them:
- How should we address the problem of coverage in a one- or two-semester course?
- Which films, regions, periods, and movements should we focus on?
- What textbooks and other resources are available?
- How do we overcome the obstacles of access, subtitles, or cultural differences?
- How can we best adapt our courses to changes in the field?
- How can we best incorporate relevant issues reflected across time and countries?
This dossier seeks to highlight promising, innovative ideas from experienced teachers who take different approaches to world cinema, approaches that reflect significant developments in scholarship, pedagogy, theory, and current trends in global film production.
The Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier editorial team at TeachingMedia.org invites proposals that address these questions and more in regard to teaching world cinema. Those wishing to submit should compose a 300-word abstract of the proposed 1500-word essay, briefly describing the essay topic and how it connects to the Dossier topic, as well as a 150-word biography highlighting courses taught or other relevant experience. Proposals should be submitted to William Costanzo (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Diane Carson (email@example.com) by November 25th. Completed essays (including all images and links) will be due on January 1st.