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“Imagining Climate Change: Science & Fiction in Dialogue”

This international, interdisciplinary colloquium will bring noted climate scientists and science fiction authors and scholars to the UF campus to discuss the effects of climate change on the physical environment and the human imaginary. Confirmed speakers include Christian Chelebourg, Andrea Dutton, Jean-Marc Ligny, and Nathaniel Rich, and UF faculty from the Department of English, the Center for African Studies, the UF Climate Institute, and the UF Water Institute. A second colloquium in the series will take place in February 2016. For more information contact Terry Harpold.


The English Graduate Organization’s 2015 conference, “How to Talk About Horror,” will take place Thursday, October 22–Saturday, October 24.


Professor Katrin Sieg (Georgetown University)
Public Talk: “Queering Asylum: Refugees in Recent European Cinema”
4:00 PM
Ustler Hall Atrium

Many of the refugees reaching European shores now include gay, lesbian, and transgendered people who seek protection from persecution for belonging to a “specific social group” in their country of origin. The enshrining of gay rights in EU law seemingly signals the victory of glbt rights as human rights. What perverse impulse, then, drives some European filmmakers to call the idea of a cosmopolitan, ethnically diverse, and sexually tolerant Europe into question? The talk discusses the films Unveiled (dir. Angelina Macaroni, 2005) and Jaures (dir. Vincent Dieutre, 2012) to ask how queer European cinema has helped to envision alternatives to the current asylum regime, which would better correspond to the lived realities of glbt people in Europe and outside of it.

Katrin Sieg is Professor of German and European Studies at Georgetown University. Her areas of research are modern and contemporary German theater and European cultural studies. She is the author of three monographs on twentieth-century German theater and performance, including Ethnic Drag: Performing Race, Nation, Sexuality in West Germany (2002) and Choreographing the Global in European Cinema and Theater (2008). She has published in journals in women’s studies, theater, German, and European studies. Among her ongoing areas of interest are German and European popular culture, Turkish-German theater and literature, and Afro-German film and performance. Her two current research projects revolve around films and performances by and about refugees and efforts to decolonize European ethnology museums.

The talk is funded by the Jean Monnet Chair and Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence with funding from the European Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission, and the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.

For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel or Amie Kreppel.


Filmmaker Shannon Silva—Film Screening
The Wooly, 20 N Main Street
November 20, 2015 @ 7:00pm
29 Places I Once Called Home (2006)
It’s a Girl Thing: Tween Queens and the Commodification of Girlhood (2012)
Observational Narrative (2015)
Funded by the Waldo W. Neikirk Professorship. For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel at


The Marxist Reading Group will hold its 18th Annual Conference.

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