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Inaugural Lecture - Professor Tim Bergfelder - 25 May 2017
Thu 25 May 2017, 19:00 – 20:00 BST
You are cordially invited to the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Tim Bergfelder, Professor in Film.
A Return to Heimat? Regional Identities in Contemporary European Film Comedy
Since 2000, there has been a cluster of popular film comedies across Europe, which derive their humour from the relationship between parochial and regional identities and wider national and supranational contexts. Films in this vein include Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (Welcome to the Sticks, 2008) from France, Benvenuti al sud (Welcome to the South, 2010) from Italy, Die Kirche bleibt im Dorf (The Church Stays in the Village, 2012) from Germany, and Ocho apellidos vascos (Eight Basque Surnames, 2014) from Spain. The invocation of the region and the provincial as a contrast and counter-sphere to the nation and the urban is of course far from new and has been a regular trope across European cultures for a long time, the German concept of “Heimat” (or homeland) providing one discursive context for such phenomena. In my lecture I shall explore how the concept of Heimat may or may not provide a suitable model for understanding the re-emergence of the regional in European popular culture in the 2000s and 2010s.
Each of the Inaugural Lecture in Humanities will have an end of lecture collection for the speaker's nominated charity. For his lecture Professor Bergfelder has chosen to support the Refugee Council.
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