How Can Cinema Help Us Think about the Anthropocene?
WHEN Wednesday | 22 Jan, 12:00 AM
WHERE 238 HRCB
When we think about climate change and cinema, our minds tend to settle on disaster movies in which a current way of everyday life is threatened by a storm, a massive freeze, or an apocalyptic scenario of collapse. In such films, a fear of the future consolidates around a concern that homey ways of living are vulnerable to erasure. This talk considers a different angle: not how cinema dramatizes the end of a world but how it mirrors the ambition to create artificial worlds and anthropogenic environments in the first place.
Jennifer Fay is a professor of film and English at Vanderbilt University, where she also directs the program in Cinema and Media Arts. Fay is the author or co-author of three books, most recently Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene.