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Cinema/Science

ENGL 569.401
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The overlap between cinema and science constitutes something of a disciplinary faultline—a blind spot from both the perspective of cinema studies as well as the history of science. And yet the amount and variety of moving images used in scientific contexts are vast. This seminar will provide an intensive introduction to this emerging area of study, ranging from laboratory-based, primarily analytic applications to the uncharted territory of cinema in the service of popular science. Texts by Daston and Galison, Cartwright, Foucault, Fleck, Crary, Gunning, will help us to create a framework for discussion. The seminar will culminate with a paper based on original research.