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The Use of Web-based Technology in The Teaching of Central European Culture at Rice University

Dr Dariusz Skorczewski.


I consider digital film, along with Web-based technology, as an excellent means of teaching Central European culture to American students. In my paper I argue that digital technology integrated with a Central and Eastern European Film Course Web site enhances the studentsí encounter with another culture.
The content of the multifaceted Web site presented here transcends cinematic issues and touches on other areas, such as literature, art, politics, and history. The site contains a comprehensive description of a selection of the best Polish, Czech, and Hungarian films. It also includes literature, art, essays, and video as well as audio clips embodying Central European politics, history, and culture relevant to the films, with particular emphasis on the 20th century. In the course of my presentation I focus on how digital video clips, incorporated into the Web site, provide students with a unique, cross-cultural awareness, helping them better understand the complex experience of Central European non-Germanic societies and nations during the post-WW2 developments.
The presentation arrives at the conclusion that modern digital and Web-based technology invites students to a cross-cultural experience of discovering Central Europe.

Presenters

Dr Dariusz Skorczewski  (United States)
Visiting Lecturer of Polish Studies
Department of Germand and Slavic Studies
Rice University

Originally an Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, currently I am a Visiting Lecturer of Polish Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas. My fields of interest embrace Polish literature and criticism, Slavic cultures, and postcolonial criticism. For last 2 years I have been using cutting-edge technology in teaching Central European film, Polish poetry in English translation, Central European politics, and Polish language to American students. I find it both a tremendous challenge and an exciting adventure in my own professional development.

Keywords
  • Film
  • Culture
  • Technology
  • Web site
  • Internet
  • Digital videoclips



(30 min Conference Paper, English)