Women and/in the City

August 8 (Barcelona, Spain)

The field lab for this course will take place in Barcelona, Catalunya (Spain). After considering the representation of gender and women in cinemas of the European/Mediterranean region, and discussing some of the political and social issues governing and contextualizing gender relations in the region, the class will do a Barcelona city tour emphasizing the major landmarks represented and/or exploited in the films All About My Mother and Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Sagrada Familia, the park and Palace Güell, the ramblas, etc. Since the topic of women’s solidarity and family-making are essential to these films (especially AAMM), the field lab will include a visit to a women’s shelter, school and/or an orientation with organizations working to prevent violence against women, or at-risk single mothers re-integrate into society, (Escola Bressol or Residencia Maternal Santa Eulalia) through a local specialized non-profit group such as the Fundació Maria Raventós.

Academic Objectives

  1. Analysis and discussion of the “city as woman” allegory seen in films over the course of the term
  2. Direct discovery and “video essay” of cinematic/cultural/historic landmarks of Barcelona
  3. Volunteer at local women’s shelter/school for at-risk single mothers and children: video or photo essay