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Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, and Ecocinema


22.07.2011 – 23.07.2011

Location: Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich

Alexa Weik von Mossner (RCC) and Arielle Helmick (RCC)

Call for Papers – English (pdf, 157 KB)

Program - English (pdf, 1.019 KB)

Conference Report - English (pdf, 164 KB)

This workshop is interested in new research projects at the interface of film and media studies and ecocriticism which are concerned with the relation between emotion, affect, environment, and cinema. Emotion, as researchers in environmental psychology, neuroscience, and social anthropology have shown, is the basic mechanism that connects us to our environment, a mechanism that shapes our knowledge and motivates our actions. Given this central importance of affect and emotion in human-environment relationships, ecocinema emerges as a particularly fruitful site for investigation. Of crucial importance to ecocinema studies are both how films represent human emotional relationships to the more-than-human world as well as how such films act upon their viewers’ emotions.

How does ecocinema represent human emotion and affect in relation to different environments? How do these films influence our emotions both during and after viewing, and how do they generate meanings? How do such films affect our relationship to the human and more-than-human world and what can we say about their affective or “passionate” politics? These are some of the questions we hope to address in this workshop.

This event is free and open to the public. However, registration is required, as space is limited. Please register via email: E-Mail schicken an events@carsoncenter.lmu.de E-Mail