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- Science in History Seminar
- London PUS Seminar: Craig Cormick
- Lunchtime Lecture: Art for science's sake
- Fireworks in Ealing
- STS Seminar: Helen Curry
- London PUS Seminar: Steve Fuller
- Film Night: Jekyll and Hyde (1931)
- STS Seminar: Jack Stilgoe
- Should We Clone Neanderthals?
- 'Theatres of Science' workshop
- STS Seminar: Big Data; Big Deal
- Seminar: Sociology of Secrecy
- Will the Geek Inherit the Earth?
- Q&A PANEL: Taking Infection Seriously
- Darwin in London: Lecture
- Influence of Islam on Science: Lecture
- Panel: What Counts as Good Evidence for Policy?
- Film Night: Fantastic Voyage (1966)
- POSTPONED: Science in History Seminar: Simon Mitton
- Symposium: New History of Scienitfic Experience
- STS Seminar: David A Kirby
- STS Seminar: Andrew Balmer
- STS Seminar: Noortje Marres
- conference: Cultures of Ancient Science
- STS At AstroFest
- STS Seminar: Francesca Rochburg
- Past Imperfect Seminar
- PUS Seminar: Jean-Baptiste Gouyon
- Speak Out! Mental Health Documentary
- talk: Crystal Palace Dinosaurs
- STS Research Day
- Simon Werrett on early modern materials
- Crossing The Divides (Workshop)
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STS Seminar: David A Kirby
Publication date: Jan 17, 2013 9:54:05 AM
Feb 18, 2013 4:15:00 PM
End: Feb 18, 2013 5:30:00 PM
Location: Garwood Lecture Theatre, South Wing
Darwin on the Cutting Room Floor: Evolution, Film Censorship, and the Hays Code
Speaker: David A Kirby, University of Manchester
Abstract: Before 1968, movie censor boards often dictated to filmmakers what scientific subjects they considered immoral or indecent for films. Examining the negotiations between censors, the entertainment industry and filmmakers reveals society's changing ideas about cinema’s and science’s role in influencing morality. In this talk I will utilize new work on the “cultural meanings of film censorship” to examine the historic censorship of evolutionary themes in American fiction films. Many early films, such as A Blind Bargain (1922), ran afoul of local and state censor boards for their inclusion of evolution and Darwinism. Evolutionary themes also fell victim to the notorious “Hays Code” that was administered from 1930-1968 by Hollywood’s official censorship organization –the Production Code Administration (PCA). This talk considers how films, including Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), Island of Lost Souls (1932) and Dr. Renault’s Secret (1942), were modified before production or edited after release to play down their evolutionary themes in accordance with the PCA’s recommendations. I will also examine how the National Legion of Decency censured films, such as I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957), whose evolutionary content they considered contrary to the Catholic Church’s teachings.
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