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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

Ironies of Web 2.0

2 May 2019

Ironies of Web 2.0 Professor Damon Young Film & Screen Studies MPhil Conference Monday May 6th at 6pm in the McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College Keynote Lecture Contemporary media cultures evince a crisis of authorial perspective, experienced as a collapse of the distinction between sincerity and satire...

Vertigo Effects: Film, Flight, and Simulation Sickness

1 May 2019

Vertigo Effects: Film, Flight, and Simulation Sickness Dr Patrick Ellis Georgia Institute of Technology 4pm, Wednesday 8th May 2019 McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College One of the first media pathologies associated with cinema was “camera sickness,” a vestibular malady that shared symptoms with other newly...

Todd Solondz: Filmmaker in Residence 2019

11 April 2019

We are delighted to announce that the award-winning independent American filmmaker Todd Solondz will be at the Centre for Film and Screen in early May of the Easter Term, 2019. Solondz is one of the leading figures in what has come to be known as ‘independent cinema’—cinema produced outside the Hollywood studio system—a...