“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall”: Reflections of/on Europe in European-made Films Distributed in the U.S.

Session #4  Panel Discussion  | Friday, June 28  | 12:00-13:30
Auditorium Maximum JU (Aula Mała)

Sub-theme: Europe’s place in a global setting: unified, divided, multi-track or simply lost?

Elizabeth Goering

still from “4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days” | Director: Cristian Mungiu

The 2013 IP invites us to consider a “changing Europe.”  This presentation explores how that changing Europe is understood in the wider world, focusing specifically on how Europe represents itself in popular media distributed in the U.S.   Because the media play such a powerful role in shaping perceptions of cultural others, analyzing the ways in which Europe is represented in widely-viewed films and other popular media artifacts is important to interpreting how “a changing Europe” is being understood outside of Europe.  Using thematic content analytical methodology, this study examines the representation of Europe in European-made films that have been relatively widely distributed in the U.S.   Particular emphasis is placed on how those representations have changed over time.


Dr. Elizabeth Goering

Dr. Elizabeth Goering is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).  Her primary interest, both in terms of teaching and research, is the relationship between communication and culture in a variety of contexts, including organizations, media messages, and health-care settings.  Her recent publications include articles in Communication and Medicine and a comparative study of values represented in television judge shows in Germany, the US, and China that will appear in an upcoming volume of Intercultural Research.