The second and final day of the conference ‘European Cinemas, Intercultural Meetings: Aesthetics, Politics, Industry, History’ is almost over. The conference is organized by the Film Studies section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and takes place at the University of Copenhagen. I was an Erasmus exchange student at this university eight years ago, so besides being an academic experience, it’s also a quite nostalgic experience.
Yesterday, I gave a presentation on the concept of ‘regional transnationalism’, thereby departing from the the historically grown complex interrelationship between regional, national and transnational dimensions in government support for film production in Belgium. It’s been a very interesting and engaging two days, full of encounters with a large variety of current research trends in European film studies. To learn in two days’ time about the cultural backgrounds of Japanese new wave filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara, whose father was an important modernist ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) artist, about the results of the large-scale MeCETES project (Mediating Cultural Encounters through European Screens) on contemporary European film and TV drama, about ethical aspects in recent European films about immigration… A very enriching experience indeed!