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University of California – Santa Cruz

1. Schultz-Figueroa, Benjamin Alberto. The Celluloid Specimen: Moving Image Research into Animal Life.

Degree: Film and Digital Media, 2018, University of California – Santa Cruz

"The Celluloid Specimen: Moving Image Research of Animal Life" analyzes the films made to document animal experiments in behavioral psychology laboratories during the early- to mid-twentieth century. It argues that this largely ignored cinematic history reveals a dynamic field of behaviorist looking, where the distinctions between nature and culture were inscribed into animal images, generating concepts that broadly shaped the politics of immigration, labor relations, educational practice and gender identity, well beyond the walls of the lab. Its chapters focus on the films made by Robert Yerkes in the 1930s at the first experimental primate colonies in North America; the rat films made to simulate human society at Yale University in the 1940s; and the promotional films made by B.F. Skinner to sell the U.S. Military on his design for a pigeon-guided missile during World War II. "The Celluloid Specimen" was produced through a hybrid methodology, bringing together archival films and documents, primary source materials from film history and science history, as well as the theories of film studies, science and technology studies, critical animal studies, and critical race studies. It concludes that filming animal research was a pivotal practice for generating the psychosocial definitions of species, race, identity, and culture that continue to shape our contemporary political and scientific discourses.

Subjects/Keywords: Film studies; Science history; Behavioral Psychology; Critical Animal Studies; Film History; Laboratory Science; Nontheatrical Film; Scientific Filmmaking

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APA (6th Edition):

Schultz-Figueroa, B. A. (2018). The Celluloid Specimen: Moving Image Research into Animal Life. (Thesis). University of California – Santa Cruz. Retrieved from http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/77j93185

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Schultz-Figueroa, Benjamin Alberto. “The Celluloid Specimen: Moving Image Research into Animal Life.” 2018. Thesis, University of California – Santa Cruz. Accessed December 01, 2020. http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/77j93185.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Schultz-Figueroa, Benjamin Alberto. “The Celluloid Specimen: Moving Image Research into Animal Life.” 2018. Web. 01 Dec 2020.

Vancouver:

Schultz-Figueroa BA. The Celluloid Specimen: Moving Image Research into Animal Life. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of California – Santa Cruz; 2018. [cited 2020 Dec 01]. Available from: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/77j93185.

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Council of Science Editors:

Schultz-Figueroa BA. The Celluloid Specimen: Moving Image Research into Animal Life. [Thesis]. University of California – Santa Cruz; 2018. Available from: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/77j93185

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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