Filming in the University archives for a new wholly online subject
In early December, Learning Environments’ video producer Luis Gaitan accompanied Historical and Philosophical Studies academic Dr James Bradley along with a team of Learning Environments' Video and Media Production colleagues to the University of Melbourne Archives in Brunswick. There, the VAMP team met with Dr Lisa O’Sullivan, Program Manager, Engagement and Outreach, Cultural Collections and University Archives, and Senior Archivist, Alicia Cerreto.
A key reason for the tour was for James to review the collection of archives around 20th century eugenics as part of the development of the FlexAP fully online subject 'Biopower: History, Politics & Evolution'. The subject looks at the 19th century publication of plausible evolutionary theories and their subsequent application not just to biological studies, but to political and socio-cultural institutions, practices and thought as well.
Previously, Luis and James have filmed in the Melbourne Medical School’s Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology. On that occasion, Dr James Bradley was filmed talking about the death mask of 19th century British murderer Dr Edward Pritchard, an object on display in the museum, with specific reference to the pseudo-science of phrenology and its efforts to legitimise the criminal brain.
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