BE Winter Seminar: Cities on Screen

View Flyer

grey areas ‘green’ cinema

A CBE FILM SERIES AND 1-CREDIT SEMINAR: exploring the relationship of film and the built environment
open to graduates and undergraduates
No prerequistes.
BE 498 F l 598 F Cities on Screen: Film, Design, and the Built Environment
Winter 2021
Thursdays, 3:30-5:50 PM online
(JUST 6 SESSIONS: January 7, 21, February 4, 18, 25, March 11 )

Film offers dramatic insights into how we imagine, construct and navigate our built environments. Winter quarter we interrogate the grey areas of “green” cinema in diverse film geographies and through themes of: environmentalism and ethics; climate change and the Anthropocene; the construction of wilderness, nature and the city; utopian pasts and dystopian futures; and European colonization, environmental justice and cultural identities. As writer Vandana Singh observes, “…fiction asks us to look deeper, to destabilize old ways of thinking and free the imagination to posit various futures, so we may better inhabit the real world, the present world….” *

Elizabeth Umbanhowar,

* Vandana Singh, “Science Fiction in the Anthropocene,” Anthropocene 2016