Cinema and Social Sciences

Cinema and Social Sciences

20/09/2023 to 26/09/2023
10:00 - 17:00
Portuguese, with possibility of using English

The School in Cinema and Social Sciences aims to:

  • Introduce the filmic object as an object of analysis and a tool for research and dissemination in the Humanities and Social Sciences;
  • Explore the main audiovisual literacy tools;
  • Understand the issue of cinematographic genres and know how to problematize the distinction between fiction and non-fiction films, archive films, ethnographic films and promotional films;
  • Examine moving images in detail, relating textual analysis to the cultural, historical and social contexts in which these images are produced;
  • Explore theoretical paths and current perspectives on the contexts of preservation and distribution of moving images;
  • Offer direct contact with national and municipal moving image archives, as well as researchers and professionals in the cinema and audiovisual field;
  • Introduce the main techniques for producing moving images, with a view to creating short films, and reflect on the relationship they establish with research projects from different areas and diverse natures in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


This School is aimed at students, academics, archivists, audiovisual and cultural professionals, journalists, primary and secondary school teachers and filmmakers.

Are you an anthropologist and do you capture or would you like to capture sound and image during fieldwork? Are you a historian and use archives that include moving images? Are you a sociologist and do interviews that you would like to publish in dynamic and accessible language? Do you know the rules and conventions of cinema and audiovisual language? The ICS “Cinema and Social Sciences” School delves into these issues through three guiding axes: “Reading/Watching Cinema”, “Cinema and Archive”, and “Making Cinema”. Addressing the relationship between Cinema and Social Sciences, the sessions feature presentations on artistic creation, methods of accessing and working in archives, and academic research in the social sciences. Through the discussion of films developed by researchers, practical cases are analyzed about the value of cinema and audiovisual in disciplines such as History, Anthropology, Geography or Sociology, as well as the introductory practice of making short films.
Lasting 30 hours, the course lasts five days, and takes place in person. It is structured into theoretical sessions (presentation of concepts, discussion of topics and analysis of examples) and practical sessions (visits to relevant institutions, tutorials and exercises). Carried out individually or in small groups, these exercises may consist of preparing film analyses, written essays, short films or audiovisual compositions, to be agreed with the course coordinators.


Assessment Methodology

Assessment is continuous, counting on attendance and participation. At the end of the course, students can choose to present at least one of the following elements a) film analysis of a sequence with a maximum of 5 min and a maximum of 2000 words b) written essay of up to 2000 words c) audiovisual essay of up to 5 min.


The School admits as candidates any one with secondary education qualification.


Applications 2023: 27th March 2023 to 8th September 2023

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The School has a cost of € 215.
This amount includes the application, enrolment, and attendance fees and a certificate in Portuguese.


Cinemateca Portuguesa Community € 130
FLUL Community € 130
ICS Community (students, researchers, staff) under the Regulations of the ICS-ULisboa Schools € 130


Places: 25