From Ethnocentrism to Transculturalism: A Film Studies Pedagogical Journey

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Helen Yeates
Margaret McVeigh
Tess Van Hemert


 This study reviews the exploratory implementation of an ‘internationalising the curriculum’ policy in relation to a cultural studies unit within a Creative Industries Faculty at an Australian university. Charting certain pedagogical practices in the delivery of transnational film studies, this case study involves a critical, contextual examination of student feedback as well as current theories about transcultural curricula in general and film studies curricula in particular. The study shows that tertiary students can be provided with an extraordinarily rich range of differing, sometimes conflicting, but always engaging transcultural insights and understandings.  It is further argued that transnational competencies may be developed and enabled through the innovative realisation of a type of ‘border crossing’ pedagogical model, largely by foregrounding transcultural ‘affective’ issues around social justice.

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Helen Yeates, Queensland University of Technology

Helen Yeates teaches and researches in film and television as well as in research methodologies. She supervises honours and postgraduate students across a range of disciplines in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Recently her research interests have focused on practice-led research methods and creative pedagogies.

Margaret McVeigh, Queensland University of Technology

Margaret McVeigh has taught in Screen Studies at QUT for many years. She also teaches Film History at Griffith Film School. Margaret recently completed her PhD in Film and New Media at USQ. Margaret is currently in the process of publishing her PhD research.

Tess Van Hemert, Queensland University of Technology

Tess Van Hemert is currently a doctoral candidate and scholarship holder in Creative Industries, examining the relationship between emerging, transnational women filmmakers and International Film Festivals.