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Department of Film Studies

Major Research Areas

Research at the Department of Film Studies focuses primarily on two major areas: 1) the history of Czech/oslovak cinema, media culture and industries in regional and transnational contexts (e.g. relationship between Czech and Austrian cinema; Czech cinema within Central Europe and in relation to the Soviet Union; transatlantic relations and transnational cultural movements); and 2) visual studies with particular focus on art history and interdisciplinarity. This unique research profile distinguishes our Department from similar university institutions in the Czech Republic. A crucial part of the Department’s profile is historically and theoretically imbued practical work related to cinema, such as programming for art theaters and film festivals, film criticism and culture management.

Major projects include:

  • Culture and Totalitarianism (2012–2017, under the PRVOUK scheme)
  • Experiment in Czech Cinematography: Critical Elaboration of Jaroslav Kučera’s Work (2014-2015);
  • Visegrad Cinema: Points of Contact from the New Waves to the Present (2009–2012, international project)
  • Multiples and Multiple Language Versions (international joint project of Universities in Paris, Amsterdam, Bremen, Valencia, Lugano, Prague, Pisa and Udine)
  • Cinema and Film Industry under German Occupation (2008–2010)
  • Czechoslovakia and Hollywood 1945-1956: Economics, Politics, and Public Diplomacy (2008–2010)

In 2005, the Department joined the Centre for Gender Studies at the Faculty of Arts. The project Significance of Gender Differences in the Modern World was a part of the faculty-wide research scheme Foundations of the Modern World as Reflected by Literature and Philosophy (2005–2011).

Major Publication Projects

The Department is a regular contributor to two major publication series: Akta F (F Files, Casablanca publishing house); which publishes selected M.A. and Ph.D. dissertations as well as teaching materials; the other is Vizuální studia (Visual Studies) published by the Academia publishing house.

Periodicals:

  • Iluminace, journal for film theory, history and aesthetics – three Department members on the editorial board
  • Dějiny a současnost (History and the Present) – one Department member on the editorial board
  • Dvacáté století (The Twentieth Century) – one Department member on the editorial board

National and International Partner Institutions

The Department is proud to maintain established relations with numerous institutions and bodies including:

  • CineGraph – partnership includes conferences, festivals as well as publication projects
  • The National Film Archive – joint research projects, joint initiatives towards the establishment of the Czech Society for Film Studies
  • The Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno – joint research projects, joint initiative towards the establishment of the Czech Society for Film Studies
  • The Department of Film, Theatre and Media Studies, Philosophical Faculty, Palacký University in Olomouc – joint research projects, joint initiative towards the establishment of the Czech Society for Film Studies
  • IKKM Bauhaus Uninversität Weimar – joint research projects, workshops and publishing

In terms of student mobility, the Department has established bilateral contacts with nine European universities under the Erasmus scheme: Paris, Berlin, Udine, Alicante, Jyvaskylä, Copenhagen, Budapest, Bratislava, Lille. In terms of Ph.D. programmes, it cooperated in the past with the University of East Anglia, Norwich, Great Britain (en co-tutelle) and currently cooperates with Sorbonne Nouvelle Parisunder the same scheme.

Major Conferences and Events

  • Screen Industries in East-Central Europe (SIECE) – an annual international conference held since 2011
  • Dis/Appearing (2015) – an international conference on theory and philosophy of media organized by the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie Weimar and the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague under the patronage of the Rector of the Charles University Prof. Tomáš Zima
  • European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) Conference (2013) – Media Politics / Political Media
  • Ph.D. Doctoral Conference (Brno) – regular conventions for Ph.D. students from film studies departments in Prague, Brno, Olomouc and Bratislava