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Cinema and Climate Change

A one-day symposium with screenings. Friday 11 December 2009

How does cinema represent and disseminate ideas about ecological disaster and environmental change? Do art documentaries change more minds than the Hollywood end-of-the-world blockbuster? Is the film industry an environmental disaster in its own right?

This one-day symposium is hosted by the Department of Scandinavian Studies to mark Denmark's role as host country for COP-15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The symposium is generously supported by the Royal Danish Embassy in London and UCL Urban Laboratory, and presented in collaboration with the UCL Slade Word / Image Forum and the University of London Screen Studies Group.

The symposium will be opened by HE Birger Riis-Jørgensen, the Danish Ambassador to London. The programme includes papers by leading specialists in Film Studies, Geography and Eco-criticism, including the authors of three recent books on the cinema of ecological disaster and environmental change.  To minimise the carbon footprint of the event, some speakers will be presenting via video-link.

The evening reception features a talk by the Danish filmmaker Jakob Gottschau and screenings from his ground-breaking documentary series on environmental change, Late Lessons From Early Warnings.

Cinema and Climate Change

To register, please email your contact details and status (academic staff or student) to Dr Claire Thomson ( by Wednesday 9 December.

There is a small fee of £10 for staff, £5 for students.

Places are limited to 30, due to venue capacity.

Click on the image to the right to download a pdf flyer.

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