10 - Homo Sapiens: Screening & Discussion

Kelvin Hall, Seminar Room 2
11th June
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Join us for a screening of hypnotic, science fiction documentary 'Homo Sapiens' (2016). The film will be followed by an interactive panel discussion to explore the deep-timescales of environmental damage and how film can raise awareness of such issues. The panel discussion will feature the University of Glasgow's Prof Deborah Dickson (Geography & Earth Science), Dr Rhys Williams (English Literature) and Prof Carl Lavery (Theatre, Film & Television Studies), hosted by Toby Neilson (Culture & Creative Arts). 

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Deborah Dixon is a professor of Geography at the University of Glasgow. Her work specialises in the GeoHumanitities in particular, with a strong emphasis on the study of ruins and the intersection between science and art in the Anthropocene context. Professor Dixon's book, Feminist Geopolitics, has been described as 'a transformative contribution to both geopolitical and feminist thought’. Dixon collaborated with Carl Lavery on the AHRC-funded The Future of Ruins project.

Carl Lavery is a professor of Theatre at the University of Glasgow. Lavery explores what theatre can do from an ecological perspective, as per his appropriately titled introduction to Green Letters; 'Performance and Ecology: what can theatre do?' His research, like Dixon's, is also fascinated with ruins. Lavery has published extensively on the topic, working as editor of Performance Research’s special edition entitled 'On Ruins and Ruination’. Lavery collaborated with artist Lee Hassall on the film Return to Battleship Island, which toured around the world.

Rhys Williams is Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in Fantasy Literature at the University of Glasgow. His research explores fantasy, science fiction and the weird through the radical politics of the Environmental and Energy Humanities. As co-editor of SF Now and author of book chapters like Inventing New Worlds: The Age of Manifestos and Utopias, Williams' research will help inform the science fictional and dystopic operations of Homo Sapiens.

Toby Neilson is an AHRC funded PhD Film Studies researcher at the University of Glasgow. His research explores contemporary science fiction cinema in the context of the Anthropocene. He teaches and writes extensively on the topic of ecocinema. Neilson’s first publication is forthcoming in Science Fiction Film & Television later in 2019.


First published: 7 February 2019