Free ALTAR film screenings - the Anthropocene epoch
ALTAR (Anthropological Laboratory for Tropical Audiovisual Research) is a group at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns. We screen classic and contemporary ethnographic films monthly on the big screen at the Cairns Institute lecture theatre. Open and FREE to the public.

Experts say [that] human impact on Earth [is] so profound that Holocene must give way to epoch defined by nuclear tests, plastic pollution and domesticated chicken (The Guardian 29/8/2016).


It has been argued that the holocene no longer accurately depicts the geological epoch we inhabit. Instead, it is claimed, our current era should be called the anthropocene: a new epoch that marks the unprecedented impact of human activity on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems. 

The recognition of humans as a force of nature compels contemporary projects in social as well as natural sciences. With six films in 2017 focussing on the relationships between humans and non-humans, environmental contamination and survival, indigenous knowledges and scientific agendas, ALTAR wish to critically engage and expand on ideas relating to the anthropocene. 

Over the course of the year we will invite expert speakers to provide some insight into the themes before the screenings, as well as welcoming some of the filmmakers to join us for discussion.


The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054) at 6:30pm. See exact dates below on the poster.


The screenings are FREE and open to the public



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