Sold Out

Anthropogenic Futures: Communicating environmental crisis

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre

University of Sydney

Camperdown, NSW 2006

Australia

View Map

Friends Who Are Going
Event description

Description

This event is sponsored by and run in partnership with the Understanding Australia in the Age of Humans: Localising the Anthropocene Discovery Project.


The workshop will include a screening of Gregg Mitman’s The Land Beneath Our Feet (2016) and a screening of Juan Francisco Salazar’s Nightfall on Gaia (2015).

The Land Beneath Our Feet weaves together rare archival footage from a 1926 Harvard expedition to Liberia with the journey of a young Liberian man, uprooted by war, seeking to understand how the past has shaped land conflicts in his country today. This film is an explosive reminder of how large-scale land grabs are transforming livelihoods across the planet. Directed by Sarita Siegel and Gregg Mitman (2016, 60 min).

Gregg Mitman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and teacher, whose interests span the history of science, medicine, and the environment in the United States and the world, and reflect a commitment to environmental and social justice.

His recent works include Documenting the World: Film, Photography, and the Scientific Record (University of Chicago Press, 2016), Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape our Lives and Landscapes (Yale University Press, 2007), and Reel Nature: America’s Romance with Wildlife on Film, rev. ed. (University of Washington Press, 2009). Mitman is the founding director of the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History and Environment, and is also past president of the American Society for Environmental History.




Nightfall on Gaia: In April 2043, astrobiologist Xue Noon [Victoria Hunt] finds herself stranded in the GAIA International Antarctic Station. As the polar night closes in, she connects herself to the Ai-system. She scavenges digital memories and archives of the time she spent at King George Island with her father back in 2015. She struggles between her scientist mind and her Indigenous soul. She looks for old friends, places, atmospheres, only to find herself again. Nightfall on Gaia is a speculative documentary that depicts the lives and visions of human communities living transiently in the Antarctic Peninsula. Grounded in ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Antarctica between 2011 and 2014, the film is an experimental meditation on the future of the Antarctic as a new extreme frontier for human habitation, exposing the complexities of a fragile planet at the verge of ecological collapse, our relationship to the Ice, and the uncertain future for the region.

Juan Francisco Salazar is an anthropologist and filmmaker with interests in critical Indigenous media studies, environmental humanities, documentary film and cultural research in Antarctica and Antarctic gateway cities. He is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and Research Director at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. His last film is the feature length experimental documentary Nightfall on Gaia (2015) and his latest book is the co-edited volume Anthropology and futures: researching emerging and uncertain worlds (Bloomsbury, 2017).

Click here for more information.


Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre

University of Sydney

Camperdown, NSW 2006

Australia

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved