Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Buck Hall
Dr. Jennifer Fay

Dr. Jennifer Fay will discuss her work on Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene as part of the 2019-20 Lafayette Environmental Humanities Series. Fay is the Director for Cinema & Media Arts, Professor of Cinema & Media Arts and English, and Graduate faculty member of German Studies at Vanderbilt University. 


Why? Because film, like the Anthropocene, is a product of the industrial revolution, but arises out of a desire to preserve life and master time and space. It also calls for the creation of artificial worlds, unnatural weather, and deadly environments for entertainment, scientific study, and devising military strategy. Filmmaking stages, quite literally, the process by which worlds and weather come into being and meaning, and it mimics the forces that are driving this new planetary inhospitality. Cinema, in other words, provides an image of "nature" in the age of its mechanical reproducability. Fay helps us see how we may appreciate the ambitions in film to design an unhomely planet that may no longer accommodate us.

Sponsored by: 
EVST/EVSC, FAMS, EGRS, The Lafayette Forum on Technology & the Liberal Arts