Medicine + Media Arts Film Series: Screening Contagion

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Screening Contagion invites you to view four pandemic films, then attend a series of panel discussions with faculty drawn from a variety of disciplines. The four films include a Hollywood blockbuster (Steven Soderbergh, Contagion), a classic of world cinema (Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal), a horror comedy (Edgar Wright, Shaun of the Dead) and a contemporary documentary about the Wuhan lockdown (Ai Weiwei, Coronation). How might these films help us understand pandemics in the past, present and future? How does our own pandemic moment inform how we view these films? Please join us for a wide-ranging conversation with faculty in the humanities, arts and medicine as they help us make sense of our own experiences with COVID-19.

This film discussion series is free and open to the public.

Participating faculty, Washington University

Jen Arch, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Literature and Medicine
Colin Burnett, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies
Christine Johnson, Associate Professor of History
Piroska Kopar, Director, Center for Humanism and Ethics in Surgical Specialties (CHESS) and Assistant Professor of Acute and Critical Care Surgery
Uluğ Kuzuoğlu, Assistant Professor of History, Modern Chinese and Global History
Patricia Olynyk, the Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art
Christina Ramos, Assistant Professor of History, History of Medicine
Corinna Treitel, Professor of History, Director of Medical Humanities
Yuqian Yan, Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Performance Cultures

Participating faculty, University of California, Los Angeles

Peter Lunenfeld, Vice Chair and Professor of Design Media Arts, Media Theorist
Victoria Vesna, Professor, Department of Design Media Arts; Director, Art | Sci Center, School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI)

Sponsored by the Washington University Medical Humanities Minor and Center for the Humanities in partnership with the UCLA Art | Sci Center’s Medicine and Media Arts Initiative, Design Media Arts and California NanoSystems Institute

Image: “The World is Closed” by Edwin Hooper via Unsplash.