Category: EuroMedia2017


Documentary As Autoethnography: A Case Study Based on the Changing Surnames of Women

In the autoethnographic research method, researchers analyse their own subjectivity and life experiences, and treat the self as ‘other’ while calling attention to issues of power. At this juncture, the researcher and the researched, the dominant and the subordinate, individual experience and socio-cultural structures can be examined. As an emerging filmmaker I have made the


Manufacturing Politicians: Angela Merkel’s Image in the Spanish Press During the German Federal Elections

Spanish public opinion shows, according to sociological surveys, a disaffection towards the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. From the influence of the media on current prevailing opinion in society, this article analyzes the opinion pieces published in the Spanish reference press: El País, El Mundo and La Vanguardia. The period surrounding the last three federal


The Hero and the Shadow Deconstructing Ideology and Identity in Anglo-Boer War Film and Drama Series Narratives

How does the predominant myth of a society influence the narratives told by its popular culture? That is the key question the author asks in this paper concerning the ideological representation of the hero archetype in selected films and drama series set during the Anglo-Boer War, also known as the South African War of 1899


Different Histories, Different Narratives: ICT Uses as “Habitus”?

History forms narratives, narratives form media uses? My presentation will address this question drawing on a research conducted on social media. The latter examines the way two LinkedIn discussion groups, held by Greek and French migrants respectively, make use of this platform. The comparative approach raises the question of habitus (Pierre Bourdieu), in its global


Journalism Ideology in Practice at a South African Public Radio Station

The core functions of journalism form part of a certain belief system or ‘ideology’ concerning journalism. Most journalists and journalism educators are trained in elements of this ‘belief system’ and therefore they practice in the industry according to their own ‘journalism ideology’. Although social media has led to more power being placed in the hands


De-Westernising Travel Journalism: Consumerism Meets Postcolonialism

Scholars have long viewed travel writing and travel journalism from a postcolonial perspective, based on the history of ‘the West visiting the rest’. Today, however, travel and tourism is multi-directional, with increasing leisure travel among the rising powers of Asia. To counter this western-dominated perspective, this paper uses a grounded-theory approach to assess how travel


Perception and Construction of Children’s Perspectives on Japanese Superheroes: A Comparative Study on the Ways Children in Singapore and Malaysia Appropriate Media Cultures

Japan has emerged as one of the global players in media content, and many of Japanese media artifacts enjoy immense popularity in many Asian countries, including Malaysia and Singapore. A study was designed to understand and document the perception and construction of children’s perspectives on Japanese superheroes that will reveal the ways children understand their


Women as Reflected in Egyptian TV Commercials

In the Arab countries, many studies have tackled the image of women in different media platforms, like in drama, movies, literature, and in theatre; however, very few studies have focused on the image of women in advertisements whether in electronic or in print media. In Egypt, representation of women in TV commercials has received little


Theo Angelopoulos: “A Voyage in History, Time and Space”

This paper aims to analyse the historical and dialectical approach of Angelopoulos’s mise-en-scene as well as its connection to historical events in his films: Day’s of ’36 (1972), The Travelling Players (1975), The Hunters (1977), Alexander the Great (1980). Angelopoulos was particularly interested in the Greek History of the twentieth century, and he puts it


Bypassing the Camera: The Image Production Possibilities of Taiwanese Experimental Images

In the article, Experiment – My Film History by Taiwanese artist, Kao Chung-Li, Li stated that “animation” served as cameraless, hand-made, and physically strong “images” that remind us of the importance of “how images are produced”. They reproduce and transform Taiwan’s image history. Like “cameraless film” or “drawn-on-film animation”, Kao reassembles ready-made objects, old photographic


The Representation of History in “The Chronicles of Yerevan Days”

The film “The Chronicle of Yerevan Days” is unique in the way it uses city ambience as a narrative technique. Set in the capital of Soviet Armenia, Yerevan, it features a peculiar spatial narrative through location shooting and portrayal of historical buildings. As a result, history materializes and overbears humans. In this paper, I draw


Cinematic Representations of Girls Who Participate in African Political Conflicts

Fictional films which mainly focus on the experiences of girls who participate in African political conflicts are often caught up in the politics and dominant ideologies of their times. In films about wars that are widely perceived as just, such as the anti-colonial wars, girls who participate in the conflicts are often represented as brave


From Greatcoats to Gym Tunics: Reading History through Images of Women Playing Netball

Visual representations of women playing sport have always struggled to gain a consistent foothold in the visual history of sport. The most significant period of visual scarcity was in the pre-television era when few had the funds or the ability to record and distribute moving images. Cinema newsreels and locally produced films which showcase women


The Uses of Instagram for Self-Presentation and Self-Promotion of Thai Celebrities

When browsing celebrities’ photos on their Instagram accounts, their life stories and lifestyles are reflected. Presentation of self is a common practice for social media users around the world. People engage in social media not only for information and communication, but also for social connections with others. The focus of this article is to discuss


Queer Approach to Homosexuality in Indian Culture

Today homosexuality and queer identity is acceptable in more Indian youths than before, but still when it comes to families, home or even school, acceptance to their sexuality and also freedom to express it openly is of constant struggle. To a society which is bound by strict and rigid norms culturally and socially, especially which


Re-Thinking Politics in Film: Thai Independent Cinema After the Coups D’état 2014

During the period of political instability that led to the coups d’état of 2006 and 2014, the independent cinema flourished both domestically and internationally. The political conflicts in the past decade have become an important backdrop for independent filmmakers to explore various issues. With a certain degree of freedom, their films have created a discourse


The Dependence on International Film Festivals of Thai Independent Cinema

The essay explores and critically looks at the process of independent filmmaking in Thailand, examines various factors affecting the subject matter and aesthetic choices of Thai independent filmmakers, and how this plays an important part in the whole process of independent filmmaking. The paper explores the various strategies employed by Thai independent filmmakers to achieve


Reading RPF as Digital Fiction: New Perspectives for Interpretation

Real person fiction is a type of fanfiction utilizing real (living) people as characters. It tends to flourish within subcultural fan communities, and has been little studied by academics. Almost all fanfic is now produced for and on digital platforms, I argue that in order to understand it, we need to incorprorate some established tools


Lesbians (On Screen) Were Never Meant to Survive

My paper will focus on the evolution of the image of the lesbian on screen. We all know what can be the role of cinema in the structuring of the personal and collective imaginary and hence the importance of visual communication tools to share and spread lesbian stories “even” with a happy ending. If, in