“Following a nuclear disaster, seven survivors sit around a campfire and try to remember an episode of The Simpsons. Seven years later, they are performing it for money. For a new civilisation rising from nuclear ashes, how do they rebuild and make something new (out of the Simpsons)…”

In tandem with ADC Theatre’s production of Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, Cambridge Visual Culture brings together three scholars working on animation for an exploratory roundtable on art, legacy, and memory.

Join Carleigh Morgan (Cambridge Film & Screen), Tyler Shores (ThinkLab), and Joe Sutliff Sanders (Education) as they deep dive into animation as a visual mode, research of which has consequences for how we understand aesthetics and culture more broadly. Their conversation will be chaired by one of the show’s directors, Joshua Robey.

This event will be followed by a drinks reception and networking. It has been scheduled to immediately precede a showing of the opera and ADC Theatre are happy to offer our roundtable audience 30% off tickets to the show. Details of how to apply this discount are included in your confirmation email for this event.


Speaker Biographies

Carleigh Morgan (she/they) is a Trinity College Research Scholar, Fulbright Scholar (2013-2014) and first-generation researcher completing a PhD in Film and Screen Studies. She specialises in animation, production studies, film history, media theory, and labour. Diagramming the intersections between the representation of work and the work of representation, her doctoral thesis tracked how animation has historically demonstrated a self-reflexive preoccupation with animation and its labours and explored how animated films mediate technological changes in the animated filmmaking process. She currently teaches and supervises for Cambridge Film and Screen and works with Cambridge Reproduction, a cross-disciplinary research initiative bringing together scholars across the arts and sciences to think through reproduction broadly configured.

Tyler Shores is the Manager of the University of Cambridge ThinkLab. At the University of California, Berkeley, he created and taught a course on The Simpsons and Philosophy — which became one of the most popular courses on campus at the time. Tyler’s research interests include the experience of print and digital reading in relation to attention and distraction — and has published scholarly articles and book chapters on social media, and the impact of digital technology in everyday life. Tyler has written several chapters with the Wiley Blackwell Philosophy and Popular Culture book series, including LEGO and Philosophy, and Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy. He previously worked at Google on the Authors@Google lecture series, one of the world’s largest online lecture series and in online education at Stanford University. He was also once on an episode of The Simpsons.

Joe Sutliff Sanders is a specialist in children’s media in the Faculty of Education. He has published books on classic girls’ novels, Francophone comics, children’s nonfiction, and children’s animation. He is a Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, where he is helping to build the first library of graphic novels at the University of Cambridge. This summer, he will host a major conference, Better Living Through Comics, drawing together more than 150 scholars and creators from around the world to spend a week discussing comic books in the heart of Cambridge.