Scholars on the Road Lecture Series | New York City
Why Zombies, Why Now?
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Hodgson Russ LLP
1540 Broadway, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10036
6 p.m. Reception with beer, wine & hors d’oeuvres
7 p.m. Discussion and Q&A
The fascination with zombies that was ignited a few decades ago with the release of Romero’s cult classics Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead has reached its climax today. Zombies have become the stars of blockbuster films such as World War Z, and television shows like The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. The popularity of this cultural phenomenon is an open question mark for cultural critics and media studies experts, but also for sociologists and even political scientists. Why Zombies, Why Now? is an invitation to discuss the zombie phenomenon and its possible meaning. Could it be that zombies look and act like what we fear we have become, aimless and soulless consumers possessed by a destructive hunger we cannot understand?
Join us for a thought-provoking conversation as we delve into the mania of zombies with David Castillo, professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
About David Castillo, PhD
David Castillo is a professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and has done extensive research on the zombie phenomenon and lectured internationally. He is the author of multiple books, including Baroque Horrors: Roots of the Fantastic in the Age of Curiosities
and Awry Views: Anamorphosis, Cervantes, and the Early Picaresque
, and co-author of Zombie Talk: Culture, History, Politics
(about to be published by Palgrave). He is currently completing a co-authored book on media and ideology with the title Medialogies: Reading Reality in the Age of Inflationary Media
. In addition, Castillo has published some forty articles, including a New York Times
piece on the cultural fascination with the undead entitled “Dreamboat Vampires and Zombie Capitalists