In our episode on the lab we will explore scientific spaces and animal-human entanglements, which are largely based on cinematic practices outside of cinema. We have Benjamín Schultz-Figueroa as our guest, the author of “The Celluloid Specimen”, a brand new publication that sets another milestone in the historiography of science films.


Release Date: January


Benjamín Schultz-Figueroa

Dr. Benjamín Schultz-Figueroa is an Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies at Seattle University. His research focuses on the history of scientific filmmaking, nontheatrical film, and animal studies. Among other venues, his writing has been published in JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Film History, Journal of Environmental Media. His book The Celluloid Specimen: Moving Image Research into Animal Life was published in 2023.

Sophia Gräfe

Sophia Gräfe is a Media and Cultural Studies scholar. Her long-standing interest is the history of useful film in the German-speaking area. This includes science film, with a particular focus on the history of behavioral biology, but also the surveillance films of the Stasi, the former East German secret service. Gräfe currently works at the Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity«, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She has been a guest researcher at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin since March 2018.