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 Out, Wonder Woman, Star 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.