Dr. Philip Mosley, professor of English and comparative literature at Penn State Worthington Scranton, recently presented at an international workshop hosted by the Centre for Modern European Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dr. Mosley was invited by the centre's director, Professor Ib Bondebjerg, and participated in discussions with a new research group whose theme is European Imaginaries - -European Life-Modes.
His presentation, "The Films of the Dardenne Brothers and Belgian Identity" is a topic that Dr. Mosley is intimately familiar with, as he has published widely on Belgian film and literature and recently completed a book on the Dardenne brothers to be published in 2011.
The workshop brought together film and media researchers, as well as people from sociology and anthropology/ethnology disciplines to address and debate case studies from a selected number of European countries on several dynamically interrelated cultural perspectives.
Those perspectives included institutional culture, mediated and symbolic forms of culture, and culture as modes of everyday life.
Dr. Mosley's presentation highlighted the problematic issue of national and regional identities as well as the representation of daily life in Dardennes' social realist films.
The group plans another meeting in 2011 with a view to a collective publication on the guiding theme.