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Women and/in the disaster zone: Natural, cultural and social catastrophe in German literature, film and media

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Women and/in the disaster zone: Natural, cultural and social catastrophe in German literature, film and media
When: 

Monday, May 28, 2018

10:30 - 15:00
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Where: 

Campion College - CM 322

Series: 
Association event
Who can attend: 
General public
Language: 
English

At first glance, one would think that a) "natural" disasters are caused by forces of nature and cannot be avoided by humankind, b) "technical" disasters are caused by human inventions running out of control, and c) “social” disasters are caused by human groups fighting over territory, resources, or ideologies. Yet, upon closer look, many disasters rather represent a mixture of triggers.

Our open event focuses on feminist perspectives of modern "eco-criticism," "environmental humanities," and the discussion of the "anthropocene." It begins with a special panel (10:45-12:15), moderated by Gaby Pailer and Laura Isakov, with presentations on war and post-war experience: “Between Trauma and Resilience: Narratives of German Children Born of Wartime Rape” (Agatha Schwartz) and “Revisiting the Disaster Zone. Lenka Reinerová’s Autobiographical Prose” (Florian Gassner). After a light lunch reception (12:15-13:00), keynote speaker Heather Sullivan (Trinity University), a distinguished scholar in German and Comparative Literature and Women and Gender Studies, will speak about: "Ecofeminism and the Dark Green: Plants and Ecological Kinship in the Anthropocene." (Keynote 13:00-14:30).

With financial support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Aid for Interdisciplinary Sessions Fund.

Speakers: Heather Sullivan, Professor of German, Trinity University; Agatha Schwartz, Professor of German, University of Ottawa; Florian Gassner, Instructor of German, The University of British Columbia