A MOOC on Hospitality and Film. You can enrol here


This intellectual product will put together a series of lectures on hospitality and film. It will comprise 8 lectures delivered by A. Manzanas, J. Benito, D. Hernández, P de Hoz and M. O’Shaughnessy at the University of Salamanca.

1: Introduction to Hospitality

1- La Hospitalidad en la Antigua Grecia, I (De Hoz)

2- La Hospitalidad en la Antigua Grecia, II (De Hoz)

Description: The module introduces the meaning of Hospitality in the Greek world as well as its value as a barometer of civilization. The introduction draws from examples of Archaic and Classical Greek literature, vase iconography and inscriptions to assess the meaning of this ancient virtue.

2: Hospitality and Philosophy

3- La Hospitalidad como sentimiento (Hernández)

4- The Places of Hospitality: National Hosts, Immigrant Guests, and Abandoned Beings (Benito)

Description: Starting with well-known philosophical approaches such as Kant’s and Derrida’s, this module will analyse some of the aporias of hospitality, as well as its inherent instability through some philosophical and literary examples.

3: Film Analysis I

5- Post-apocalyptic London: is there a future after the end?” 28 Days Later (Boyle, 2002) and its sequel 28 Weeks Later (Fresnadillo 2007). (O’Shaughnessy)

6- Reworking Britain’s European Boundaries: Pawel Pawlikowski’s Last Resort; Ken Loach’s It’s a Free World (O’Shaughnessy)

Description: The module examines the depiction of migration and the redrawing and proliferation of racialized boundaries and exclusions. It also illustrates how zombie films engage with the marginalisation of racial and class others and the violence, exclusions and fears that it generates.

4: Film Analysis II

7- The Economics of Inhospitality: S. Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things (Benito)

8- Old and New Camps: F. Lioret’s Welcome (Manzanas)

MOOCs are changing the way we think of teaching. Teaching and learning have never stopped in the classroom, but MOOCs definitely take both processes outside the customary place and make the transfer of information much more flexible and far-reaching, for the student is in command of his or her own learning experience. The MOOC will be accompanied by suggested bibliography and a set of questions for further thinking.

The transferability potential is far reaching. Some of the students, especially master’s students, share the material with their own students, which multiplies the effect in unsuspected ways. This ripple effect has the ability of changing attitudes and provide new perspectives of looking at migration.