Special Events You Won’t Want to Miss

By Maria Moss and Sabrina Völz

What do pornog­ra­phy, fake Indi­ans, the cli­mate cri­sis, and fire­fight­ers in New York City have in com­mon? Well, these are all top­ics of this season’s lec­ture series “Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes.”
As usu­al, the lec­ture series starts out with a bang: Award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary film­mak­er and one of Canada’s lead­ing writ­ers, Drew Hay­den Tay­lor, will present his new movie, The Pre­tendi­ans. The film, which cel­e­brates its Ger­man pre­miere at Leuphana Uni­ver­si­ty Lüneb­urg, asks the ques­tion why so many peo­ple in the pub­lic eye claim Native her­itage. Tay­lor, him­self an Anish­naabe and res­i­dent of Curve Lake First Nation reserve, is mak­ing his 5th trip to Lüneburg.
And if that’s not enough, we also fea­ture Anne Nel­son, Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist, author, play­wright, and lec­tur­er at Colum­bia University’s School of Inter­na­tion­al and Pub­lic Affairs. She’ll join us via Zoom to dis­cuss her play, The Guys. Writ­ten short­ly after 9/11, it fea­tures a fire­fight­er who seeks the help of a writer to com­pose eulo­gies for his dead comrades.
Art and pornog­ra­phy are at the heart of Anne Breimaier’s talk, which will crit­i­cal­ly recon­struct a lec­ture of rad­i­cal fem­i­nist Dorchen Lei­d­holdt in 1980. Breimaier will relate Leidholdt’s cri­tique of a com­mod­i­fi­ca­tion of vio­lence against women in visu­al media of the 1980 to con­tem­po­rary image cultures.
The lec­ture series wraps up with a talk by Johan Höglund, “An end to Eat­ing? Future Food Imag­i­nar­ies and the Cli­mate Emer­gency.” Höglund will dis­cuss how fic­tion set in a future trans­formed by cli­mate change describes the act of ingest­ing food as “feed­ing” (what babies and ani­mals do) rather than “eat­ing” (what humans are typ­i­cal­ly under­stood to be doing and what counts as a social and cul­tur­al practice).
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