Civilizational Collapses. When dystopia leaves the screen

VIII International Congress of History and Cinema
  • The Research Centre Film-Història, the Centre of International History Studies of the University of Barcelona, and the EUROM jointly promote the Eight edition of the International Congress of History and Cinema;
  • Under the title Civilizational Collapses, when dystopia leaves the screen, the event will be celebrated from July 20 to 22 at the Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Barcelona. 
  • The aim is to address the moving image in their multiple available formats: cinema, television, and Internet audiovisual materials, fiction (films and series), documentaries, and the world of advertising.

The moving image has always been a narrative resource both to describe reality and to reconstruct it. A resource that has not hesitated to take the form of a dystopian narrative, not only to project the uncertainties and anxieties of the future, but also to understand the moments of crisis and collapse of human societies throughout history. Accordingly, our present forces us to reflect on the historical processes that led civilizations to rethink their own continuity.

Thematic areas

  • Pandemics
  • Crisis of productive model and climate emergency
  • War conflicts and nuclear threat
  • Artificial intelligence and biotechnology in a networked world
  • COVID-19 and audiovisual production

Confirmed speakers


July 20-22, 2022


Universitat de Barcelona
Facultat de Geografia i Història
c/ Montalegre, 6

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