East European Media and Cinema Studies

East European Media and Cinema Studies

Since 1993 Dina Iordanova teaches in East European Media and Cultural Studies at the Radio-TV-Film Department and the Slavic Department at the University of Texas at Austin. You can take a look at some of the syllabi for the courses offered: Post-Soviet Media , Fall 1995. Central European Culture, Fall 1995. Graduate Seminar in East European Film Spring 1995. East European Media , Fall 1994. Images of Women in East European Film, Fall 1994.

. Here is a link to the UT-Austin international communication student home page , and to more links in the field of international communication . An important part of the teaching in East European Media and Culture has been the computer-mediated interaction with students. Here is a link to a paper dealing with On-line features in teaching international communication .

For the purposes of these courses Beth Dupuis of the General Libraries at UT/Austin created several home pages - "pathfinders" - with information relevant to Central East European resources, Soviet and Post-Soviet Media , and East European Media.

In the summer of 1994 Dina Iordanova taught a course in East European Media. Each student was assigned a particular country in Eastern Europe to work on. Students were requested to mostly conduct their research by using the Lexis/Nexis database. This way some of the final papers presented provided an update on the media situation in a number of Central East European, Balkan and Baltic countries. The most interesting papers are dealing with the current developments in post-comunist media reality of countries such as the Czech Republic (Chris Carty); Hungary (Chelse Barker); Bulgaria (Leigh Hall); Estonia (Sarah Poff), and Latvia (Lynne LaFontaine). Papers reflect the situation in the media of these counties as it was in mid-August, 1994. New additions to the page (March 1995) are Restructuring of Bulgarian TV(Dina Iordanova), The United States versus the World: A Theoretical Look at Cultural Imperialism (ReseAnne Sims), and U.S. Assistance to the Information Sector in Eastern Europe (Megan Kearns), and The Dissolution of Yugoslav Rock by Kim Simpson. Further updates on East European media issues will be posted regularly.

If you are interested in participating in the scholarly discussion in East European Media you can join the listserv EEMedia.


In connection with the new courses in East European Cinema, the University collection of East European videos gradually expanded. It is among the best collections of foreign films available at U.S. Universities. From this Home page you can access and explore the contents of our collection of Albanian Films, Bulgarian Films, Czech and Slovak Films, Hungarian Films, Polish Films, films from former Yugoslavia, Soviet and Russian Films, and Romanian Films. We hope that our collection will be growing in the future, and the contents of the home page will be regularly updated. A number of people worked on the project, and would not be possible without the participation of Audio-Visual librarian Gary Lay, and of student-research assistants John Mosqueda and Molly Young. Various studies in film will be featured at the Home Page. Here are two studies by Bjorn Ingvoldstadt that deal with the current status of the film industries in Hungary and the Czech Republic, a study of Dina Iordanova on Bulgarian cinema , and a piece by Matt Johnson on Miklós Jancsó¹s cinema .

There is a variety of materials on Polish cinema on the WWW. Here are some materials on the recent Polish film festival, on Polish film, the Polish cinema database in Warsaw, the Kieslowski home page, and a study by Bjorn Ingvoldstadt on The Cinema Industry in 1990s Poland.

. You can also access writings on films about the Holocaust . If you are interested in participating in the scholarly discussion in Post-Soviet and East European Film you can join the listserv CWF (Closely Watched Frames).


East European Media Studies
University of Texas at Austin
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Last updated: 10 May 1996 1995 ©Dina Iordanova

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