Cinema in the Anthropocene

 Simposi Internacional


Sala d’Actes, Ca n’Oleo, Carrer de l’Almudaina, 4, Palma


24 i 25 de juny de 2022


13 hores


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 Imatge: Gerard Ortín Castellví, Agrilogistics, 2021


The goal of the International Symposium “Cinema in the Anthropocene”, coordinated by Katarzyna Paszkiewicz (UIB) and Andrea Ruthven (UIB), is to reflect on the ways in which contemporary cinema allows us to resituate ourselves in what is commonly known as the Anthropocene, along with the filmic forms (narratives, modes, and genres) that respond to this climatic, social, and cultural reality. These questions will be analysed from a variety of disciplines and theoretical perspectives, from film studies, critical posthumanism, and Black media studies, to gender and sexuality studies, animal studies, as well as crip and queer theory and affect studies, among others.

This activity forms part of the research project “Cinema and Environment: Affective Ecologies in the Anthropocene” (PID2019-110068GA-I00). The researchers from the project, Verena Andermatt Conley (Harvard University), Libe García Zarranz (NTNU) and Alexa Weik von Mossner (University of Klagenfurt), will be presenting their work, along with the invited participants Julia Leyda and Celina Stifjell (NTNU), Marta Segarra (ADHUC-CNRS, LEGS), Rubén Jarazo Álvarez and Rosa Moreno (UIB), Ignacio Bergillos (CESAG), Kornelia Boczkowska (Adam Mickiewicz University), and Gerard Ortín Castellví (Goldsmiths, University of London). The symposium serves as a forum for sharing the results of the research project with the general public as well as, and specifically, with the research community, while also seeking to inspire early career scholars who are just beginning their research.


Friday, June 24th

9.00 Introduction: Cinema in the Anthropocene

Katarzyna Paszkiewicz (Universitat de les Illes Balears) and Andrea Ruthven (Universitat de les Illes Balears)

9.30 Session 1

Julia Leyda (Norwegian University of Science and Technology): Theorizing Black Anthroposcreens  

Libe García Zarranz (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)Willful Aesthetics: Pedagogies of Exposure in Animated Short Film  

11.00 Coffee break

11.45 Session 2

Alexa Weik von Mossner (University of Klagenfurt): Back to the Roots: Community, Place, and Protest in Urban Farming Documentaries 

Rosa Moreno (Universitat de les Illes Balears): Don’t Let Nostalgia Get in the Way of Progress: Subtle Invocations of Veganism in American Science Fiction blockbuster franchises: from Jurassic Park to Star Wars 

Gerard Ortín Castellví (Goldsmiths, University of London): The Sopic Food Regime

18.00 Palma walking tour

20.30 Dinner

Saturday, June 25th

9.30 Session 3

Celina Stifjell (Norwegian University of Science and Technology): Monstrous Affects and Alliances in The Shape of Water

Marta Segarra (CNRS, Laboratoire d’études de genre et de sexualité-LEGS):  Dreaming of Hybridity: Human-Animal-Machine Interaction in James Marsh's Project Nim (2011) and Gerard Ortín’s Agrilogistics (2022)

Kornelia Boczkowska (Adam Mickiewicz University): The horse, come Horsey: Animals, Gender and the Body in Experimental Film

11.30 Coffee break

12.15 Session 4

Rubén Jarazo Álvarez (Universitat de les Illes Balears): Communitas and Necropolitics in Recent US Cli-Fi: Narratives of Covid-19 and Climate Denial in Don’t Look Up (2021) 

Ignacio Bergillos (CESAG–Universidad Pontificia Comillas): Between Manipulation and Catharsis: Media Life in the Anthropocene 

13.45 Lunch

16.00 Session 5

Verena Andermatt Conley (Harvard University): Viral Cultures

Closing thoughts and discussion

17.00 Meeting for Project Members

“Cinema and Environment: Affective Ecologies in the Anthropocene”


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  • Servei d’Activitats Culturals
  • Projecte de recerca “Cinema and Environment: Affective Ecologies in the Anthropocene” (Ref. PID2019-110068GA-I00 / AEI / 10.13039/501100011033)


  • Centre de recerca ADHUC – Teoria, Gènere, Sexualitat
  • Grups de recerca BRICCS i LITANGLO


Katarzyna Paszkiewicz, Andrea Ruthven