Merging with Wildlife, Literally - Treadwell among Alaskan Grizzlies

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

Description

In my presentation I want to present and discuss the controversial German filmmaker Werner Herzog's portrait of the American wildlife preservationist and grizzly bear enthusiast, Timothy Treadwell, in The Grizzly Man (2005). The film raises important issues to do with environmental consciousness and nature protection in an American context, including the validity of the alliance of vast sections of the contemporary environmental movement with late-1960s counter-cultural tendencies which take their origin partly from Thoreau's experiment in the simple life on the banks of Walden Pond. In other words, was Treadwell's crossing of the boundary from civilization into the wilderness, which was the more radical for his being devoured by his beloved grizzly bears and thus merging literally with the wild, a valid way to cope with and act on behalf of the environment? This is the fundamental question, put by Herzog, which my presentation will spell out in capitals, a question which is made the more acute because it dramatizes a Central-European perspective on American environmental thought and activism.
Emneord: Timothy Treadwell, Werner Herzog, The Grizzly Man, nature protection, bears, wilderness ideology
Period31. Oct 2008
Event titleTranscultural Spaces: Challenges of Urbanity, Ecology and the Environment in the New Millennium
Event typeConference
OrganiserFrank Mehring & Stefan Brandt, JFK Institute
LocationBerlin, GermanyShow on map

Keywords

  • Timothy Treadwell, Werner Herzog, The Grizzly Man, nature protection, bears, wilderness ideology