In collaboration with Cinema Studies, PPEH organizes its first film series in conjunction with the Timescales conference on October 20-22. Each of the films will explore issues of different environmental temporalities and ecological timescales that include deep time, adaptation, and futurity. Moreover, this film series extends the temporal framework of our conference throughout the fall semester.
New questions and conceptualizations of ecological time demand alternative modes of temporal engagement at the intersection of the arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences. The urgency of climate change means it is no longer sufficient for environmental scholarship to describe or explain our complex relationship to the natural world: it must—through visual modeling, storytelling, and public engagement—compel a response.
ECOTIME is thus the result of a modest effort to collaborate with and exchange ideas across various communities, voices, and stakeholders. Each of these films documents different temporalities, geographies, as well as human and nonhuman characters facing ecological disruption. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion and public Q&A session.
RACING EXTINCTION (2015)
Dir. Louie Psihoyos
October 20, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm, International House
MATTO GROSSO (1932)
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
October 27, 2016, 7:00-9:00pm, Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum
SHORED UP (2013)
Dir. Ben Kalina
December 5, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm, TBD