Environmentalism, Fantasy and Intersectionality: A Comparison Between the US and the EU | Tar Heels Together

Environmentalism, Fantasy and Intersectionality: A Comparison Between the US and the EU


CO-PRESENTED BY THE UNC DEPARTMENT OF GERMAN AND SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES AND THE UNC DEPARTMENT OF ROMANCE STUDIES

This conference takes up the question of how fantasy and science fiction are used to address minority issues, specifically as they relate to environmental concerns in the European Union and the U.S. Scholars will gather from the EU and the U.S. to present and discuss work on female and ethnic minority authors and directors using fantasy to engage with environmental issues, and the impact of human society on environment. Conference panel themes include: the Anthropocene, “A Transdisciplinary Approach to Scifi”, “The Secret Life of Trash”, and “Teaching Alternative Futurisms”.

As prelude to the conference, films Snowpiercer and Children of Men were screened at UNC-CH’s FedEx Global Education Center.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Fri., Nov., 6

PANEL 3

1:30-2:45pm

Race, Class and Future Inequalities

Aidan Power (Exeter), “In Our Immense Sarcophagus We Lay: Charting the Anthropocene in EU Science Fiction Films”
Paul Bucholz (Emory), “Nomadism in the Environmental Dystopias of Sophie Klotz and Nicolas Born”
Evan Torner (Cincinnati), “Whiteness, Pessimism, and Futurity in German Science-Fiction Cinema”

PANEL 4

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Pedagogical Approaches to Scifi and Intersectionality

Renée Alexander Craft (UNC), Afrofuturism, Ethical World Traveling, and Holding a Space for Difference
Michele Berger, Courtney Woods and Priscilla Layne (UNC), “A Transdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Scifi”
Susan Thananopavarn (Duke), “Teaching Alternative Futurisms”


Please RSVP for the events you plan to attend. There are three separate RSVP forms: for the symposium keynote, the panels on Thursday, November 5, and the panels on Thursday, November 6. If you plan to attend all of the symposium events, please fill out each separate RSVP form.

Read more for the entire conference schedule.

This conference is organized by Priscilla Layne, associate professor of German and adjunct associate professor of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies at UNC. The conference events are co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. In addition, this conference is co-sponsored by the UNC Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures and the UNC Department of Romance Studies.

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