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Falco and Beyond: Neo Nothing Post of All

Falco and Beyond: Neo Nothing Post of All

Ewa Mazierska,

Equinox 2014


Falco and Beyond is devoted to the most popular Austrian song-writer, singer and rapper of the twentieth century and one of the most successful European singers of all time. Falco was born in 1957, reached the peak of his popularity in the 1980s with songs such as “Der Kommissar”, “Rock Me Amadeus” and “Jeanny”, with mixed luck attempted to revive his career in the 1990s and died in a car crash in 1998. He sold over 30 million records worldwide and remains a successful posthumous artist. The book attempts to identify the most salient and contradictory features of Falco’s art, such as linguistic inventiveness and dexterity, rapping and adopting a posture of a romantic artist. It argues that Falco’s songs betray an apocalyptic imagination, picturing the image of an exhausted and unhappy world. It looks at Falco’s career and his phenomenon in the context of international and Austrian music business and politics, and investigates how his popularity has been maintained after his death, by means such as records released posthumously, cover versions of his songs, mashup songs and videos, biographies and Falco fandom.

Table of Contents


Part 1 Falco and the Logic of the Neoliberal Culture Industry

Part 2 Falco Synchronic: Romanticism and Intertextuality

Part 3 Falco Diachronic: From Grace to Gravity

Part 4 Falco Lebt: Mourning and Melancholia



First Year trip to Manchester

First Year film and media students on Reading Film visited exhibitions in Manchester on 26 November 2013 to see the the film noir Double Indemnity exhibition at the Cornerhouse. The students also visited the Fashion Museum at Platt fields Park in order to understand the relationship between the history of fashion and film. The purpose of this visit was to explore closely how Film Theory and Practice can and may interact.

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Postcolonial Approaches to Eastern European Cinema

Postcolonial Approaches to Eastern European Cinema: Portraying Neighbours On-Screen
Eds. Ewa Mazierska, Lars Kristensen & Eva Näripea
I.B.Tauris, 2014

All countries and nations are deeply affected by their neighbours and every national cinema reflects this relationship. This book explores how postcolonial approaches can ‘frame’ the neighbours of people living in Eastern Europe. It elucidates how the region has evolved from being a communist extension of the Soviet Union to becoming integrated into neoliberal capitalism.
Drawing on classical studies of postcoloniality by Edward Said, Gayatri C. Spivak and Homi K. Bhabha, as well as theorists and historians like Janusz Korek and Jaak Kangilaski, who specialise in the Eastern European variant of postcolonialism, the book demonstrates particular sensitivity to the question of genre in investigating how neighbours fit into and shape melodramas and thrillers, heritage and war films. Contributors explore a wide range of films in relation to territory, from the steppes of the East to reunified Berlin and to Albania on the Adriatic Sea and from the streets of Tallinn to the hill slopes in Transylvania. Individual chapters situate in a new context movies of internationally celebrated filmmakers, such as Roman Polanski, Agnieszka Holland, Nikita Mikhalkov and Jan Hřebejk, as well as introducing films by locally renowned directors, such as Władysław Pasikowski, Kujtim Çashku, Arsen Anton Ostojić and Leida Laius.
Ewa Mazierska, Lars Kristensen, Eva Näripea, Introduction: Postcolonial Theory and the Postcommunist World
Kristin Kopp, ‘If Your Car Is Stolen, It Will Soon Be in Poland’: Criminal Representations of Poland and the Poles in German Fictional Film of the 1990s
Ewa Mazierska, Neighbours (Almost) Like Us: Representation of Germans, Germanness and Germany in Polish Communist and Postcommunist Cinema
Petra Hanáková, ‘I’m at Home Here’: Sudeten Germans in Czech Postcommunist Cinema
Peter Hames, Jánošík: The Cross-Border Hero
John Cunningham, From Nationalism to Rapprochement? Hungary and Romania On-Screen
Elżbieta Ostrowska, Postcolonial Fantasies. Imagining the Balkans: The Polish Popular Cinema of Władysław Pasikowski
Špela Zajec, ‘Narcissism of Minor Differences’? Problems of ‘Mapping’ the Neighbour in Post-Yugoslav Serbian Cinema
Vlastimir Sudar, New Neighbours, Old Habits and Nobody’s Children: Croatia in the Face of Old Yugoslavia
Bruce Williams, The Distant Among Us: Kolonel Bunker (1998) in a Postcolonial Context
Lars Kristensen, The ‘Far East’ Neighbour in Nikita Mikhalkov’s Urga (1991)
Eva Näripea, The Women Who Weren’t There: Russians in Late Soviet Estonian Cinema

Colonial Advertising & Commodity Racism

In December 2013, Senior Lecturer, Anandi Ramamurthy published a book on Colonial Advertising & Commodity Racism in collaboration with Professor Wulf Hund and Professor Michael Pickering with LIT Verlag.  ISBN 978-3-643-90416-4. The book is the fourth volume in The Racism Analysis Yearbook.


Wulf D. Hund: Advertising White Supremacy. Capitalism, Colonialism and Commodity Racism |
Anandi Ramamurthy, Kalpana Wilson: ›Come and Join the Freedom-Lovers‹. Race, Appropriation and Resistance in Advertising |
Robert W. Rydell: Buffalo Bill’s ›Wild West‹. The Racialisation of the Cosmopolitan Imagination |
Michael Pickering: ›Fun Without Vulgarity‹? Commodity Racism and the Promotion of Blackface Fantasies |
Malte Hinrichsen: From Œcumene toTrademark. The Symbolism of the ›Moor‹ in the Occident |
Emma Robertson: Bittersweet Temptations. Race and the Advertising of Cocoa |
Katharina Eggers, Robert Fechner: ›The German Alternative‹. Nationalism and Racism in ›Afri-Cola‹

Cultural Translation in Popular Music 12-13 April 2013

What exactly does the recent hit ‘Gangnam Style’ tell us about modern musical culture? Are geographical boundaries becoming increasingly meaningless as native inhabitants translate popular music for a local and global audience?

These are some of the questions that were addressed at a major international conference at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
By its very nature, lots of popular music – from jazz to RnB or punk- is known for its hybrid and transcultural character. It feeds on earlier styles, cultural artefacts and different art forms and travels from country to country.

The conference was supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Research Fund of the School of Journalism and Digital Communication at UCLan brought together cultural historians, film scholars, as well as specialists in popular music and translation studies from countries including UK, Poland, Austria, Estonia, Romania and Kenya.

In total over 20 papers were delivered over two days, four of which will be dedicated to Falco, singer of “Rock Me Amadeus” and successful Austrian pop star who was recognised as one of the most transnational and transcultural musicians in the world. Other papers will cover the history of music videos, multilingualism, the history of punk and rap, gender studies, psychoanalysis as well as film studies and tourism.

One paper, presented by Professor Ewa Mazierska at UCLan, examined Falco’s songs and music videos in depth. Another paper by UCLan Senior Lecturer Pete Atkinson looked to explore the way popular music is translated into popular TV formats and analyses the role of TV in the construction of British popular music history.

Plenary speakers at the event included:

• Ewa Mazierska (Professor of Contemporary Cinema)
• Georgina Gregory (Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies)
• Sarah Maitland (Lecturer in Translation, University of Hull)
• Paul Dale (Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University)
• Allyson Fiddler (Professor of German and Austrian Studies, Lancaster University)
• Mike Dines (Senior Lecturer in Music Studies, the University of Chichester)
• Eva Näripea (Senior Research Fellow, Estonian Academy of Arts)

Work in Cinema: Labour and the Human Condition

In December 2013 Professor Ewa Mazierska published a book examining the representation of work in cinema.

labour and the human condition

Cinema frequently depicts various types of work, but this representation is never straightforward. It depends on and reflects many factors, most importantly the place and time the film is made and the type of audience it addresses. In this volume, the contributors employ transnational and transhistorical perspectives to compare films from different countries, periods, and genres. Rather than prescribe a specific meaning of work, the collection explores its fuzzy edges, including sex work, criminal work, situations where the jobs’ purpose is to reduce work, and other marginal types of labor. The contributors draw attention to the paradox that although there is seemingly less work to be done now than it was in the past, the central role of work in human life has not been challenged: it is seen as the human condition.


About the Author(s)le of ContenIntroduction: Work, Struggle and Cinema; Ewa Mazierska
1. Affective Labor and Alienation in Up in the Air; Ian Fraser
2. Becoming Cinema: The Social Network, Exploitation in the Digital Age, and the Film Industry; William Brown
3. The New European Cinema of Precarity: A Transnational Perspective; Alice Bardan
4. Acting as Value in the Age of Neoliberalism: Juliette Binoche in Michael Haneke’s Code Unknown; Zaneta Jamrozik
5. The Trauma of Daedalus: The Labyrinth of Labour in Brazilian Cinema; Alfredo Suppia
6. Beyond Work and Sex in Czech Cinema; David Sorfa
7. Desensitised Migrants: Organised Crime Workers in David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises and Aleksei Balabanov’s Stoker; Alexandar Mihailovic
8. The Damnation of Labour in the Films of Bela Tarr; Christina Stojanova
9. You Don’t Have to be Crazy to Work, But it Helps: Work in Comedies of the 1930s; Glyn White
10. The Migrations of Factory Style: Work, Play and Work-as-Play in Andy Warhol, Chantal Akerman and Apichatpong Weerasethakul; Jonathan L. Owen
11. Work in Outer Space: Notes on Eastern European Science Fiction Cinema; Eva Näripea
12. Work in Bicycle Cinema: From Race Rider to City Courier; Lars Kristensen
13. Documentaries, Work and Global Challenges; Ib Bondebjerg


Black Star: Britain’s Asian Youth Movements

In September 2013 Dr Anandi Ramamurthy, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies published a history of the Asian Youth Movements.  It was featured in The Morning Star, The Big Issue and Red Pepper


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Morning star review


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