Panel 2: Multi-Genre Narratives of Global Environmental Crisis
The Emergence of Climate Change Populism in Ecocinema
Sophie Christman Lavin, Stony Brook University
This presentation will show how contemporary filmmakers use cinematic imaginaries to reveal the speculative fears humans have about global climate change. I argue that climate change populism is a global trend that emerged in early ecocinema film and will explain how filmmakers ultimately express the existential and cultural undercurrents of climate change populism, while interrogating how various socioeconomic classes will fare in the Anthropocene future (more).
Guanaroca: Using a Creation Myth to Raise Awareness of Climate Change
David Taylor, Stony Brook University
Teatro del los Elementos, a theatre group based in Cumanayagua, Cuba, has blended performance, community activism, and sustainability for well over twenty years. Their performance Guanaroca retells the creation myth of the Guanaroca Lagoon, a story that borrows from both Yoruba and Taino mythology. This presentation will discuss the origins of the myth and how Teatro de los Elementos’ performance raises awareness of the lagoon’s peril due to climate change (more).
Stories of Nuclear Disaster and the Anthropocene
Heidi Hutner, Stony Brook University
My talk will focus on my research that includes interviews with victims of nuclear disaster. I will discuss the silencing of nuclear victim stories, and the denial of factual and scientific information on the negative impact of radiation. I will bring in film narratives and literary texts briefly to highlight the cultural/cognitive dissonance between masculinist conceptions of weaponry and energy production, versus stories of mothers, children, indigenous community members, and scientists that counter popular pro-nuclear myths (more).
Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) and the Inang Bayan: Postcolonial Environmental Memory and Climate Change in Filipino Ecocritical Writings
Jeffrey Santa Ana, Stony Brook University
This paper studies Filipino ecocritical writings in English (prose, poetry, and narrative) that depict the confrontation between global climate change and diverse cultures across the Philippines. The paper shows how Philippine literary anthologies about Typhoon Yolanda address a global environmental crisis in ways that are inseparable from assessing the effects of (post-) imperial modernity and neocolonialism in the Philippines (more).
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