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artful eco workings that cycle through: Close-to-Nature continuous cover forestry, experimental film-making, the eco-humanities field (deep ecology, ecocriticism, ecosophy, ecofeminism), writing & forest policy development; by cathy fitzgerald, visual culture, ncad, ireland

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WORKING OUTLINE

WORKING TITLE: THE ECOCIDAL EYE: BEYOND THE ANTHROPOCENTRIC TO A RELATIONAL GAZE IN CINEMA

INTRODUCTION: (leaving until end)

(CONTEXT/PROBLEM) CHAPTER 1  –  THE ECOCIDAL EYE: THE ANTHROPOCENTRIC GAZE

Present and argue that global ecocide – is a profound yet largely unacknowledged crisis of culture. It is a crisis of the dominant, industrialised (and now globalised) culture that is set to radically alter and negatively limit life on earth in the coming decades.  The unprecedented and incomprehensible scale, violence and rate of global biosphere degradation due to the actions of our single species behaviour is now also  being referred to as: The Anthropocene (the age of man). Ecocide is a new term in play; examine it materially, politically, culturally, philosophically

Examined the new term The Anthropocene and Ecocide in article and blog posts

How has globalised industrial ‘culture’, and its  ideologies of ecocide, its blinkered anthropocentric gaze (my term), developed over the centuries (through its dominant ideologies, myths, religion, science, politics etc).

What is preventing us from ‘seeing’ that the fabric of the biosphere that supports life is so near collapse?

What is the role of mass media/cinema in this regard,

Can we characterise the ecocidal characteristics of the anthropocentric gaze in cinema and in nature cinema in particular

Explore ecopornography and its unacknowledged ‘culture’ (psychology) of denial/seduction, that completely masks the accelerating scale of destruction/violence to the more-than-human earth/indigenous cultures, look particularly at the rise of mass cinema and ‘The Great Acceleration’

Identify limitations/ anthropocentric conventions of nature cinema genre to date; further characterise the ecocidal characteristics of the anthropocentric gaze in cinema

forest growing

(ADDRESSING PROBLEM) CHAPTER 2:  Whats the problem with ‘environmental’ cinema? ??? title needs work

INTRODUCTION
notes:
(what is ecocinema,
what is environmental cinema?
environmentalism – define – limitations
towards deep sustainability -define, expand ideas from UCC talks
problems with ‘nature’
expand with art & ecolgy/film responses of others and my own work)

- SEEING BETTER SO WE CAN RECOGNISE AND IMPLEMENT DEEP SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES; seeing ecology not species

(POSSIBLE NEW DIRECTIONS) CHAPTER 3:  BEYOND THE ANTHROPOCENTRIC GAZE to a RELATIONAL??? GAZE?

present the possibility/impossibility of employing of aspiring to more ecocentric ideas for more considered cultural responses to global ecocrisis in cinema and art & ecology practices (granted one will always becoming from an anthropocentric position, being human but we could at least ‘extend our duty of care’ substantially to the more than human world), look to indigenous peoples animism to examine cultures that lived in areas for 10000 years without wrecking their environments.  Tending the wild…. academic book on nat. americans relationship with their non-human neighbours.

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