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Dan Hassler-Forest: Pop Culture & Politics – On the Importance of Diversity in Fantastic Films

14-05-2018 at 20:00 - 22:00

Pop Culture & Politics: On the Importance of Diversity in Fantastic Films

Fantastic stories, whether we are talking about age-old fairytales or a contemporary superhero movie, are never free from ideological backgrounds or cultural norms and values. They are always told from a specific vision and an according worldview, and they play on concrete societal fears, tensions and desires.

Recent films such as Get OutWonder WomanStar Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther clearly show how a non-white or non-male perspective can create substantially different stories. In a stimulating and accessible lecture, Dan Hassler-Forest will analyse the growing importance of diversity in fantastic films.

As an ‘Assistant Professor of Cultural Theory and Zombies’, Hassler-Forest is a lecturer and researcher at the department of Media Studies at Utrecht University. He has published many books and articles in which he connects fantastic fiction with politics and ideology.


20:00 - 22:00


Café De Troubadour
Peperstraat 19
Groningen, Groningen 9711PC Netherlands
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