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April 2021

Conference: Fallout: Chernobyl and the Ecology of Disaster
Sara Pankenier Weld and Sven Spieker

April 30, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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,

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