Religion and Film in Southeast Asia

  • Professor(s): Syamsul Ma’arif, Ph.D (Cand.) and Kelli Swazey Ph.D (Cand.)
  • When: 2011
  • Where: Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Source
  • This course aims to look at how religion is characterized and displayed through the medium of film, and to introduce students to methods of approaching films as texts. Films will be related to their cultural contexts, as a window on the current politics of religion and religious identity in Southeast Asia. What kinds of „signifying practices‟ (Turner 1999) do films employ to portray the significance of religious practices and identities? By learning the language of film and the techniques used to communicate meaning, we‟ll consider in what ways regional films interact with the dominant discourses regarding religion.

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