(Re)Placing Chernobyl will zoom in on the popular HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” (2019) to explore the politics of aesthetics, the power of TV mediation of scientific expertise and the wide-ranging impacts of this cultural representation of the disaster. In the context of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, questions of public trust in science and the role of scientific experts in governance have returned to the forefront. The discussion will seek to explore the relationship between culture, imagination and science and how these shape the legacy of Chernobyl. The event is free and open for all to attend.
Simon Evans, Head of the Chernobyl Shelter Fund at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Michael N. Goddard, Reader in Film, Television and Moving Image at the University of Westminster, UK.
Paul Josephson, Professor of History, Colby College, USA.
Alena Ledeneva, Professor of Politics and Society, UCL, UK.
Tatiana Kasperski, PhD in Politics and researcher at Pompeu Fabra University, Spain.
Johan Renck, director of the HBO mini-series "Chernobyl"
Vitalij Strigunkov, visual artist, Lithuania.
Simon Watson, Senior Lecturer in Robotics Systems, the University of Manchester, UK.
Discussion chair: Egle Rindzeviciute, Kingston University London, UK
Supported by Kingston University London, UCL FRINGE centre, SSEES-UCL, the Lithuanian Cultural Institute, Go Vilnius, This is Tomorrow and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden