COP26 Forum – Climate and West Africa: film and law

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Our speakers will discuss the politics and representation of the current situation through their respective expertise in West African film, languages and the law. Clips from fiction and non-fiction films that focus on forced migration and the ensuing economic crisis will be presented for discussion.

The panel will consider the intersection of aesthetics, human rights and politics in these examples and consider how they might be related to the frameworks offered by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

James S Williams is Professor of Modern French Literature and Film at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is also director of the Centre for Visual Cultures. He is the author of (among others) The Erotics of Passage: Pleasure, Politics, and Form in the Later Work of Marguerite Duras (St Martin’s Press, 1997), The Cinema of Jean Cocteau (Manchester UP, 2006), Jean Cocteau (a ‘Critical Life’) (Reaktion, 2008), Space and Being in Contemporary French Cinema (Manchester UP, 2013), Encounters with Godard: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics (SUNY Press, 2016), and Ethics and Aesthetics in Contemporary African Cinema: The Politics of Beauty (Bloomsbury, 2019) (winner of the 2020 R. Gapper Book Prize). His most recent book is the edited volume Queering the Migrant in Contemporary European Cinema (Routledge, 2020), and he is currently preparing a critical biography of Frantz Fanon for Reaktion.

Dr Irene Antonopoulos joined Royal Holloway from De Montfort University in 2021. She has previously worked at the University of Surrey and the Council of Europe. Her work focuses on the interactions between human rights, migration and environmental degradation. Her recent research includes the analysis of the human rights implications of the Agriculture Act 2020 and an examination of human rights obligations for the protection of ‘climate migrants’.

Chair: Professor Redell Olsen

For updates follow #rhcop26forum.

Below: La Pirogue (The Pirogue), Senegal, 2012, dir. Moussa Touré. Image shows a child sitting on the sea shore, with ships on the horizon.

Heremakono (Waiting for Happiness), France/Mauritania, 2002, dir. Abderrahamane Sissako. Image shows a painted wooden boat coming towards the camera, crammed with people.

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