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Between Aspiration and Reality: Folklore Film Work in Times of Upheaval (2021)


This essay reconstructs the origins of the film Bird-Song Contest with Chaffinches in the Western Harz Mountains (1991), a contribution to the eight-part series “Lower Saxonian Folklore Films” produced by the Göttingen Institute for Scientific Film (IWF). Besides conserving the cultural heritage of Lower Saxony, another aim of the film series was to reform the IWF’s understanding of folklore film. From the mid-1980s onward, scholars had criticized IWF films for their positivist character and argued that IWF film work should engage more with the discourses of university folklore studies. By outlining Bird-Song Contest’s genesis, from draft to revision and the finished version of the narration, this essay demonstrates how strongly institutions can act as control systems that, among other things, resist external influences.

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Article Anja Sattelmacher; Mario Schulze; Sarine Waltenspül (2021) Introduction: Reusing Research Film and the Institute for Scientific Film. Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 291-298). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Luzzini, Francesco
Schulze, Mario
Sattelmacher, Anja
Bourgoing, Jacqueline de
Baker, David J.
Kühn, Cornelia
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Acque Sotterranee
History and Anthropology
British Journal for the History of Science
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
History of the Human Sciences
Harry N. Abrams
Cornell University Press
University of California Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
Oxford University Press
Taylor & Francis
Science and culture
Visual representation; visual communication
Film and media studies
Science and society
Science and film
Max Ryynänen
Stoller, Robert J.
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
18th century
17th century
New Zealand
East Germany

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