The Seminar of Science and Society returns this academic year with the theme “Humans of the Anthropocene: comics and the representation of humankind in a geologically transformed planet”. The session will take place on October 6 (online), at 5 pm, with the participation of Hugo Almeida, from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.
This communication will address the relationship between anthropogenic environmental change and representations of humans and humanity in comics.
Hugo Almeida’s work assesses the mutations which the concept of ‘human’ has been undergoing, by looking at two distinct examples in comics through the lens of the Anthropocene. The first is Kamandi: the Last Boy on Earth! (1972-1978) and the second is Travel (2008). Through these examples, the researcher will discuss how views on the environment produce changes in how we view ourselves.
Hugo Almeida is a post-doctoral fellow at the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology, NOVA University, Lisbon. He holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and a degree in Genetic and Microbial Biology from University of Lisbon.