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Research is a natural habit of EQZE

For Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola, research is a way of being at the cinema. A natural habit. A true work methodology that involves and makes demands on students, teachers and professionals.

The school of the Basque Film Archive, the San Sebastian International Film Festival and Tabakalera is also a school for the Film Archive, the Festival and Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture: a place for reflection and innovation. And ultimately, a school for the school itself, through the permanent questioning of film pedagogy.

The research activity at the centre is structured around four lines of research:

1. Teaching and learning about cinema.

2. Theoretical approaches to innovative techniques in archiving, curating and filmmaking.

3. The interconnection of cinema with other scientific, humanistic and aesthetic disciplines.

4. New perspectives on Basque cinema.

Work on these four lines is carried out through interdisciplinary, cooperative and open research projects. These are interdisciplinary projects because they will have the active participation of EQZE students and will be enriched by the contributions of the teachers from the three curricular programmes of the school, thus developing methodologies based on exchange and learning between disciplines and knowledge. They are cooperative projects, as they are conceived in close collaboration with local and international film and academic institutions. And they are open projects because both the results and the questions they generate will be socialised through different media, formats and languages, that will include creative pieces, specialist and informative publications, public programmes, online content and exhibition projects.

Pablo La Parra Pérez is the Coordinator of the Research Department. La Parra is a researcher specialized in film and visual studies. He holds a PhD from New York University (NYU), where he has also taught. He holds a M.A. in Comparative Studies of Literature, Art, and Philosophy (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and B.A. in Art History (Universitat de València). His academic work has been published in international journals such as Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies or Sociologias and in volumes such as 1968 and Global Cinema (Wayne State University Press, 2018), Antoni Abad: (Turner-MACBA, 2014), and Facing Humanities. Current Perspectives from Young Researchers (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2014). He has received research and graduate fellowships such as the International Dissertation Research Fellowship (Social Sciences Research Council), the MacCracken Fellowship (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, NYU), and La Caixa Masters Fellowship, as well as different awards for academic excellence, including the Spanish National University Award. In 2016 he directed an artistic research project about the militant film archives entitled Europa, futuro anterior, co-sponsored by Tabakalera and Donostia-San Sebastian European Capital of Culture Foundation.