From its inception, film created the very ground for thinking of catastrophe and different approaches to the end of the world. Whether it is Langís Metropolis that pushes the dynamics of industrialism to its end or Whedonís Serenity that imagines the aftermath of this monstrous industrialism, science fiction remains a medium where depression, collapse, catastrophe or the end of times can be thought in its utmost limits. Michael Hanekeís Time of the Wolf not only did imagine the end as such but also showed the aftermath of a such end. Most recently, it was Lars Von Trierís Melancholia (2011) that pinpointed our own depressive era by collapsing earth with a rogue planet. Hence, one way or another the idea of the end, of depression, of crisis always find one of its clearest expression in the plane of science fiction. This seminar questions the role of science fiction in representing or imagining the catastrophe, crisis, depression, and ultimate end that perhaps carries with it the possibility of change. This seminar welcomes papers in any film mentioned above and many others that touch upon the notion of catastrophe.
Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to ACLA submit a paper page:http://www.acla.org/submit/index.php by November 15, 2011. Please choose REPRESENTATIONS OF CATASTROPHE IN SCIENCE FICTION FILM as the seminar in the form.
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