Film, archive and digital culture

7.5 credits

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This course discusses questions to do with archives and digitalisation – questions that are relevant for documentary filmmakers, film producers, artists, curators, future teachers, librarians, film buffs, and cinephiles, among others. It discusses which of the world’s films are easily accessible – and which are running the risk of falling into oblivion. How is it that some films are stored in archives, whereas others are long since lost? From a historical point of view, what considerations have guided the building of the various film archives in the world? What is most important: to see to it that films are stored and protected, in order for them to survive for as long as possible, or to make them easily accessible and show them? And what does digitalisation entail in terms of future possibilities to experience and research films from the past? The course also discusses politics and power: Who decides what films should be stored for the future? And how do we choose what films should be digitalised, or what films should be made accessible to the public? The course explores the significance for film studies of physical and digital film archives, and raises questions about the materiality of moving images. The concept of archive is problematised and the students formulate questions on the basis of the course literature, in independent projects focusing on one or several digital film archives.


To study on a distance education will give you different opportunities than on-campus teaching. It means that, to a large extent, you will be able to plan your studies yourself, both in terms of time and place.

However, keep in mind that most distance education includes a number of compulsory digital lectures and digital seminars during the weekdays. Some distance education also include compulsory get-togethers, for which you will have to travel to Växjö or Kalmar.

There are a number of different ways to be a distance student, the common denominator being that a large part of your study work is carried out on the web. You communicate with the teacher and your fellow students using a learning platform with discussion forums, group work, recorded lectures or video meetings using a web cam.

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