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

November 5, 2020 - November 6, 2020

Please visit the conference web page for the full schedule, information, and conference program. This event was held virtually.

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 US. Scholars will gather from the EU and the US 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,” “Afrofuturism,” “Migration and the Environment,” “Dystopias” and “Trash.”

The keynote lecture “Humanization and Belonging: Reproduction, Environment, Futurity” was given by Sherryl Vint, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Visit the keynote lecture web event to learn more.

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

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.

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Event Photos: Panels 3 & 4

Natasza Gawlick introduces panel three.
Aidan Power speaks on panel three.
Evan Torner speaks on panel three.
Priscilla Layne comments on panel three.
Edana Kleinhans introduces panel four.
Renee Alexander Craft speaks on panel four.

Flyer advertising conference on environmentalism fantasy and intersectionality on November 5 through 6 2020.


November 5, 2020
November 6, 2020


UNC Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map
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