Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies

Kangurus and Gavagais: Rethinking Language, and Ethnocentrism through Villeneuve's Arrival

A39 Sir Clive Granger Building
Thursday 22nd November 2018 (17:00-18:30)
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Nottingham Confucius Institute (NCI) and Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies (CEACS) Public Lecture

Kangurus and Gavagais: Rethinking Language, and Ethnocentrism through Villeneuve’s Arrival

A talk by Professor Carlos Rojas (Duke University)

Denis Villeneuve’s 2016 film Arrival—which was based on Ted Chiang’s 1998 short story “Story of Your Life”—explores concerns issues of language, culture, and ethnocentrism through a story that revolves around tentacled aliens whose language (and corresponding worldview) is radically different from our own. In this way, the work explores how our understanding of the world is mediated through language, and what it might mean to radically reassess the underlying assumptions upon which these worldviews are predicated. 

About the Speaker

Carlos Rojas is Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; and Arts of the Moving Image at Duke University. He is the author, editor, and translator of numerous books, including Homesickness: Culture, Contagion, and National Transformation in Modern China. 

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