Oceanic Worldmaking & Crisis
Please join us on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm PST for a talk by Professor Rhiannon Noel Welch of UC Berkeley as part of the Italian Modernities Lecture Series.
About the event:
Professor Welch's talk will present a reading of experimental cinematic works that deploy techniques of deceleration to counter the temporality of crisis in the Mediterranean.
About the speaker:
Rhiannon Noel Welch works on modern Italian literature, film, and critical theory. Her first book, Vital Subjects: Race and Biopolitics in Italy, reads a range of canonical and lesser-known texts through the lens of biopolitics in order to demonstrate how race and colonialism have long been central to Italian modernity and national culture, rather than a fascist aberration or a contemporary phenomenon resulting from immigration.
Her current book project, Crisis and the Aesthetics of Deceleration, examines recurring figures of deceleration, dilation, and/or slowness, in Italian literature and film in light of the numerous biopolitical crises plaguing Italy and the world today (the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, mass migration, the failures of late capitalism, etc.).
Register in advance to receive the Zoom link and reading material.
The talk will be held in English.