Faculty Talk April 7th with Selmin Kara


Selmin Kara, Assistant Professor will be giving a talk entitled Anthropocene Cinema and the Eco-Sensory Breach

 
DateThursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Cost

Free

Website

http://goo.gl/forms/Sl1wThB63N

Location

205 Richmond St. W, Room 420

Please RSVP by April 1st http://goo.gl/forms/Sl1wThB63N

On Thursday, April 7th 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Selmin Kara, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and 2014/2015 OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity Recipient, will be giving a talk entitled Anthropocene Cinema and the Eco-Sensory Breach.

Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Please invite your colleagues and join us for this exciting opportunity to hear about Professor Kara’s research. See the poster attached for more details.

In this talk, Selmin Kara will provide a brief overview of her research on the emerging aesthetic and thematic threads related to the Anthropocene imaginary in contemporary cinema, with special attention to films that project the impact of ecological exploitation onto human bodies. In films like Todd Haynes’s Safe (1995), Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves (2013), Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour (2013), and Elinor Svoboda’s Merus Breach (2013), one finds characters that suffer from an eco-sensory breach that compromises their immune system and makes them oversensitive to certain stimuli such as pathogens, sounds, odours, or touch, due to environmental factors. Depictions of immune system collapse immediately configures the impact of the Anthropocene on the body as a metabolic rift: a tearing apart of the body’s resources and preventing the body from defending itself.  According to immune theory (under the guise of a wide array of philosophers, ranging from Niels Bohr and Fransisco Varela to Donna Haraway), the immune system is closely linked to the formation of identity, since it is predicated upon a distinction between self-and nonself, self and the environment. Varela even goes as far as suggesting that the immune system is one of the constituents of the notion of “self,” since it is a closed network that self-determines the body’s stability and capacities of interaction with its environment. From a cinematic point of view, the four films’ foregrounding of the senses in depicting narratives of bodily vulnerability entangle humans in a sensual ecology, which create an aesthetic that unsettles and resists anthropocentric imaginings. Taking the tension between these films’ narratives of eco-sensory breach and eco-sensuous aesthetic, the talk will explore what they might suggest in terms of transcorporeality and affect in the Anthropocene.  



Faculty Talk poster with event info, biography of Selmin Kara and film stills
DateThursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Cost

Free

Website

http://goo.gl/forms/Sl1wThB63N

Location

205 Richmond St. W, Room 420

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Please RSVP by April 1st http://goo.gl/forms/Sl1wThB63N

On Thursday, April 7th 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Selmin Kara, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and 2014/2015 OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity Recipient, will be giving a talk entitled Anthropocene Cinema and the Eco-Sensory Breach.

Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Please invite your colleagues and join us for this exciting opportunity to hear about Professor Kara’s research. See the poster attached for more details.

In this talk, Selmin Kara will provide a brief overview of her research on the emerging aesthetic and thematic threads related to the Anthropocene imaginary in contemporary cinema, with special attention to films that project the impact of ecological exploitation onto human bodies. In films like Todd Haynes’s Safe (1995), Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves (2013), Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour (2013), and Elinor Svoboda’s Merus Breach (2013), one finds characters that suffer from an eco-sensory breach that compromises their immune system and makes them oversensitive to certain stimuli such as pathogens, sounds, odours, or touch, due to environmental factors. Depictions of immune system collapse immediately configures the impact of the Anthropocene on the body as a metabolic rift: a tearing apart of the body’s resources and preventing the body from defending itself.  According to immune theory (under the guise of a wide array of philosophers, ranging from Niels Bohr and Fransisco Varela to Donna Haraway), the immune system is closely linked to the formation of identity, since it is predicated upon a distinction between self-and nonself, self and the environment. Varela even goes as far as suggesting that the immune system is one of the constituents of the notion of “self,” since it is a closed network that self-determines the body’s stability and capacities of interaction with its environment. From a cinematic point of view, the four films’ foregrounding of the senses in depicting narratives of bodily vulnerability entangle humans in a sensual ecology, which create an aesthetic that unsettles and resists anthropocentric imaginings. Taking the tension between these films’ narratives of eco-sensory breach and eco-sensuous aesthetic, the talk will explore what they might suggest in terms of transcorporeality and affect in the Anthropocene.  

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W, Room 420
Website: 
http://goo.gl/forms/Sl1wThB63N
Cost: 
Free
Faculty Talk poster with event info, biography of Selmin Kara and film stills
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