Cannibal Tours
Date & Time
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 17:00 to 19:00
Auditorium, 1555 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Sponsored by Global Perspectives on Society, this FilmFridays@Five event, features director Dennis O'Rourke's Cannibal Tours (1988) which will be discussed during the final lectures of GPS. It is highly recommended for first year students taking the course.
Cannibal Tours records the encounter between European and American tourists, on the one hand, and villagers living in Papua New Guinea, on the other.  But who are the cannibals referred to in the title?  Are they the Papua New Guinea villagers, whose ancestors once practiced headhunting, but who in modern times have become objects of morbid curiosity among western travelers? Or are the cannibals the Europeans and Americans who voraciously consume the “primitive” worlds and “foreign” bodies of the Papua New Guineans as if in a tourist gift store or Disneyfied theme park?  Cannibal Tours was released in 1988 by director Dennis O’Rourke, but its raw depiction of cultural condescension and the lingering traces of western imperialism and colonialism demonstrates the continuing need for expanding transcultural knowledges in our contemporary moment of globalized networks, which are capable of producing ethnocentric barriers as much as cosmopolitan horizons. 
Global Network Associate Professor Duane Corpis will introduce the film and lead post-screening discussion.   
The screening is open to NYU Shanghai community only. 
Location & Details

To our visitors

  • RSVP may be required for this event.  Please check event details
  • Visitors will need to present a photo ID at the entrance
  • There is no public parking on campus
  • Entrance only through the South Lobby (1555 Century Avenue) 
  • Taxi card


Metro: Century Avenue Station, Metro Lines 2/4/6/9 Exit 6 in location B

Bus: Century Avenue at Pudian Road, Bus Lines 169/987