Cinema and Media Studies Lecture Series

“Cinema and the (Post-)Human” Lecture Series

At a time when the human has been reconceptualized as “human animal” among other organisms, in this posthuman age of critiqued anthropocentrism, an intense debate around the “Anthropocene” has formed. The human, thought to be a fixation of scholars of the past, curiously has moved back to the center of attention—as originator of environmental disaster, as creator of a geological age, and, consequently, as agent now called upon to act responsibly. However, this understanding of man as a world-maker is not as unprecedented as widely believed. Cinema has always been, like the Anthropocene, a result of human creation. Just as the Anthropocene seems to describe an epoch of “artificial worldmaking,” cinema has ever created its own worlds. What role, then, can cinema play with regard to our understanding of the anthropogenic age. How can cinema and media studies contribute to the study of the Anthropocene and to the ethical imperatives arising from the planet’s “anthropogenic turn”?

Johannes von Moltke Flyer

"Cinema and the (Post-)Human" Lecture Series: Johannes von Moltke

Cinema and Media Studies invited guest speaker Dr. Johannes von Moltke, Professor of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Film, Television and Media at the University of Michigan, to deliver an in-person public lecture at Rice on November 5, 2021.

For more information on Dr. von Moltke's lecture, "Geist in the Machine: The Curious Humanism of Classical Film Theory," please click the link below.

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Brian Price Poster

"Cinema and the (Post-)Human" Lecture Series: Brian Price

Cinema and Media Studies hosted guest speaker Dr. Brian Price, Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto, on March 9, 2021.

This webinar, "The Autonomous Camera: Assayas and Movement," was recorded and can be viewed by clicking the link below.

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Jennifer Fay Poster

"Cinema and the (Post-)Human" Lecture Series: Jennifer Fay

The Program in Cinema and Media Studies in their inaugural lecture series, "Cinema and the (Post-)Human," virtually featured Dr. Jennifer Fay, Professor and Chair of the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at Vanderbilt University, on February 23, 2021.

For more information on Dr. Fay's webinar, "Do We Know the Anthropocene When We See It?," please click the link below.

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