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

May 14 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.


May 14
20:00 - 22:00


Café De Troubadour
Peperstraat 19
Groningen, Groningen 9711PC Netherlands
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