Environmental Humanities Series: Sparks of Life: Electricity, Animality, and Film
“Sparks of Life: Electricity, Animality, and Film," a Lecture by Anat Pick. From cinema to electroshock therapy to the electric chair, electricity has always exuded ambivalent powers as both animator and killer. Focusing on the story of the condemned Topsy in Thomas Edison’s Electrocuting an Elephant (1903), this talk explores the intersections of electrical and political power in the age of visual spectacle. This event is cosponsored by the Department of Environmental Studies, the Department of Cinema Studies and the Animal Studies Initiative.
Professor of Film, Queen Mary's College, University of London, UK
Moderator: Una Chaudhuri
Professor of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies