From La Reine Margot (1994) to The King’s Speech (2010), historical dramas dominate mainstream European film production and often generate major national debates on the role of the past in contemporary national identity construction. Defined in the 1990s as 'heritage films', the makers of such films frequently work in partnership with the wider heritage industry in order to secure funding for their productions. And the films, along with the debates they generate, often shape the subsequent marketing and curatorial strategy of the heritage sites they foreground in their stories.
Led by the Centre for World Cinemas at the University of Leeds, in collaboration with B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies, Screening European Heritage examines the representation of Europe’s past on contemporary screens, what this says about cultural attitudes to the past and how this reflects, and can be shaped by, the policies and practice of cultural institutions now and in the future. In the process, it raises questions around the role and value of the past in cultural and societal change, investigating how history is re-imagined by the contemporary film and heritage industries and to what end.
Professor Ruth Barton, Trinity College Dublin
Professor Ib Bondebjerg, University of Copenhagen
Professor Paul Cooke, University of Leeds
Professor Andrew Higson, The University of York
Dr Kate Ince, University of Birmingham
Professor Amparo Martínez Herranz, University of Zaragoza
Dr Claire Monk, De Montfort University, Leicester
Professor Rob Stone, University of Birmingham
Dr Belén Vidal, King’s College London
Professor Eckart Voigts-Virchow, University of Siegen
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