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The interdisciplinary conference “Fallout: Chernobyl and the Ecology of Disaster” examines the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl to consider its afterlife in culture and the arts. Situated at a watershed moment during the Cold War, Chernobyl spawned an unprecedented quantity of global responses from scientists, writers, filmmakers, and artists, and it has become a key moment for the global environmental movement. This conference views the accident and its aftermath in the context of broader global ecologies of disaster and considers how catastrophe is coded and understood — or fails to be understood — through the prism of science, art, literature, and film. How do all these disciplines and discourses confront the disaster, and where do they converge to produce the fiction, or the truth, of what we call “Chernobyl”? The conference brings together scholars and other experts in Comparative Literature, History, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Nuclear Engineering, Medicine, Art, Film, and Germanic and Slavic Studies.
There will be an associated special film screening with Director Holly Morris of the award-winning documentary Babushkas of Chernobyl at 7pm on Thursday, April 16, 2020 in Pollock Theater.
Sponsored by the Division of Arts and Letters and the T. A. Barron Environmental Fund. Event partners include the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, the Graduate Center for Literary Research, and the Carsey-Wolf Center. Other sponsors include the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Department of Global Studies, Comparative Literature Program, Environmental Studies, College of Creative Studies, and History Department.