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[Feb 5] The Contemporary Arctic on the Screen

Date: February 5, 2024 (Monday)

Time: 5:30–7:00pm

Venue: CPD-2.58, Centennial Campus, HKU

Speaker: Professor Anna Stenport

Professor of Communication Studies and Dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

at the University of Georgia


Arctic environments have long been visualized as unchanging, stable, and rigidly alien landscapes. Yet effects of the climate crisis, expanding resource extraction, and Indigenous political mobilization in the circumpolar North are constituent parts of the global present. This presentation offers a comparative and interventionist historiography of recent developments in film and media that connect filmmakers and art movements across Scandinavia, Greenland, and Canada to situate Arctic media as central to global environmental concerns and Indigenous media sovereignty and self-determination movements. Examples reaching worldwide audiences include works by Zacharias Kunuk and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Canada) to Amanda Kernell (Sweden) and Inuk Silis Høegh (Greenland). Building on findings from the book Arctic Cinemas: Media Sovereignty and the Climate Crisis, co-authored with Scott MacKenzie (University of California Press, 2023), Anna Stenport discusses new trajectories and possibilities for Arctic cinemas.

All are welcome, no registration is needed.

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