Observatory of Culture: ThinkFilM


Film Studies scholars from the University of Lodz are once again to cooperate with the Czech research team comprised of the students of the Charles University in Prague. As a part of the Erasmus+ program, the two groups have recently embarked on their joint international ThinkFilM project aimed at scrutinizing the ways in which film education functions in Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Great Britain.

The project investigates the manners in which film education is carried out in Poland – both by public institutions and in the non-governmental sector. Our goal is to find out how film is taught at universities, in schools, culture centres, and in cinemas, museums and during film festivals. Moreover, we intend to reflect on the ways in which films are used as educational tools. The collected observations will serve as a starting point for creating in Prague a modern institution devoted to film education: Národní filmové muzeum – NaFilM (National Film Museum).

Objectives

The main objective of the project is to reflect on the manners in which film education is carried out in Poland – both by public institutions and in the non-governmental sector. Our goal is to find out how film is taught at universities, in schools, culture centres, and in cinemas, museums and during film festivals. Moreover, we intend to investigate the ways in which films are used as educational tools.

Our main objective is comprised of the following components:

  • summarizing various approaches towards the formal and informal film education across Europe;
  • joint work of a few partner teams that is to enable exchanging experiences on an international level;
  • making the research results and data available for a wide audience.

Agenda

Project objectives shall be a result of a series of monthly open meetings devoted to the chosen issues in film education. The meetings will be held at the University of Lodz in the following order:

October 2015

  • meeting with Professor Piotr Sitarski devoted to how and in what way film is present in school textbooks;

December 2015

  • Report from the visiting trip to the Národní filmové muzeum – NaFilM (National Film Museum) in Prague;

January 2016

  • meeting with Konrad Klejsa, PhD, devoted to film museums in Western Europe;
  • meeting with Michał Pabiś-Orzeszyna, PhD, devoted to the Museum of Cinematography in Lodz;

March 2016

  • meeting with Jadwiga Mostowska, PhD, a film educator and an author of a textbook titled “Elementarz młodego kinomana” (Eng.: ABC of a Young Film Enthusiast).

April 2016

  • meeting with Anna Równy, the leader of Filmoteka Szkolna (School Film Archives) devoted to self-education of film educators.

Information about the forthcoming meetings is available on the Facebook fanpage of the Koło Naukowe Filmoznawców UŁ (Eng. Film Studies Academic Society of the University of Lodz) and via the Rokoko Foundation’s website.

Publication

In order to disseminate the outcomes of the project, we intend to publish a peer-reviewed collection of academic articles (in English) devoted to the issues of film education. The publication shall be released in 2017. If you are interested in cooperation, please contact the editor: Ewa Ciszewska, PhD: ciszewska@uni.lodz.pl

Implementation

March 2015 – December 2017

Parties involved: Koło Naukowe Filmoznawców UŁ, Rococo Foundation, Národní filmové muzeum – NaFilM (National Film Museum) in Prague.

More details

Information about the forthcoming meetings is available on the Facebook fanpage of Koło Naukowe Filmoznawców UŁ.

Would you like to ask us something? Or maybe you’d like to join us? Come to a meeting of the Koło Naukowe Filmoznawców UŁ or contact Katarzyna Figat or Ewa Ciszewska.