Communication and Culture | Topics in Media History (Topic: Memory in Transnational Film and Media)
C420 | 16616 | Deboer, S.

TuTh, 4:00 PM-5:15 PM, C2 203
Required film screening: Tu, 7:15 PM-10:15 PM, TBA

Fulfills College S&H Requirement

Instructor: Stephanie Deboer
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 251	
Phone: 856-3708
A young girl recalls lost family relationships against the interior
of a Hong Kong McDonald’s; an Iranian television program produces
memories of a homeland for viewers in L.A.; and the Internet links a
Taiwanese filmmaker in France back to his daughter.  Transnational
film, television and digital media are often concerned with
representations and experiences of the possibilities of mobility (as
in tourism or migration) or, alternatively, the perils of immobility
(as in exile or trauma).  As the above examples suggest, memory
often serves to negotiate the global and local experiences that
overlap in these contexts. What are the politics and stakes of re-
presenting or re-membering in these contexts?  Who remembers?  What
can be remembered? And against what do they remember?  Finally, what
does the “medium” have to do with it?  How do the particular filmic,
televisual or digital mediums mediate these memories for particular

Readings will introduce debates surrounding the mediation of
memories of travel, exile and tourism within film, television and
new media. The first section of the course will engage with examples
of world cinema and media to help us to grapple with theories of
screen memory.   Following sections of the course will then address
examples of television as well as film and media in an age of
digital culture in the particular geographic region of East Asia
(here, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China and
Taiwan).  These sections will thus ask how the theories introduced
at the beginning of the semester intersect with specific mediums and
particular contexts.

The format of the course will be active and incorporate a seminar
format.  There will also be the option of a digital project during
the course of the semester. Topics will include cinemas of exile,
diasporic television, digital links and archives, as well as global
cinephilia in the age of video and digital culture.

No experience with transnational or East Asian film, television or
media is necessary prior to the course.