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Centre for Film and Screen


Jesse Olszynko-Gryn


Historian of science, technology and medicine

Dr Jesse Olszynko-Gryn is a historian of science, technology and medicine. Supported by the Wellcome Trust, he is currently writing a book on the history of pregnancy testing in twentieth-century Britain. As part of this project, he has recently investigated the role of product placement in the rise of the pregnancy test close-up in cinema and television. For the past several years, he has curated ‘Reproduction on Film’, a series of public film screenings and conversations with leading experts. In September 2015 he co-organised a related academic conference with Caitjan Gainty (KCL) and Patrick Ellis (Berkeley), and with Ellis he is completing an article on the 1970s dystopian films, Soylent Green and Zero Population Growth. He is broadly interested in the intersection of medical humanities and science studies with film and media studies, especially around the use of film as a research tool by scientists and doctors.



Screenings and Events

Picturing Austrian Cinema Symposium

19 September 2018

22nd – 23rd September 2018 Michael Haneke, the director of the Vienna Film Academy, is to attend the third edition of Picturing Austrian Cinema, a Cambridge Research Symposium to be held at Queen’s College, Cambridge on 22nd - 23rd September 2018. According to the symposium's founder Dr Frederick Baker (Centre for Film and...