a.pick@qmul.ac.uk

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Senior Lecturer In Film Studies
Room: 
Arts One 1.41a
Tel: 
+44 (0)20 7882 8290
Research interests: 
Animal Studies, ecocinema, documentary, posthuman ethics of film
Biography: 
MA (University of Sussex), DPhil (University of Oxford)
Publications: 

Books

  • Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human, co-edited with Guinevere Narraway. Oxford: Berghahn, 2013. 
  • Creaturely Poetics: Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.

Selected essays and chapters

  • “The Animal Rights Documentary,” in The Routledge Companion to Film and Politics. Yannis Tzioumakis and Claire Molloy, eds. London: Routledge (forthcoming, 2015).
  • “A Show of Hands: Zoomorphism and Cinema,” in Animal Life and the Moving Image, Laura McMahon and Michael Lawrence, eds., New York: Columbia University Press (forthcoming, 2015).
  • “Reflexive Realism in René Clément’s Forbidden Games,” in Animots: Post-Animality in French Thought, special issue of Yale French Studies, edited by David Clark, Carla Freccero, and Matthew Senior (forthcoming, 2014).
  • "Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi’s Animali Criminali" Screen (forthcoming, 2014).
  • “Three Worlds,” in Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human. Anat Pick and Guinevere Narraway, eds., Oxford: Berghahn, 2013.
  • “Intersecting Ecology and Film,” in Screening Nature, Anat Pick and Guinevere Narraway, eds., Oxford: Berghahn, 2013.
  • “‘Some Small Discrepancy’: Jean-Christophe Bailly’s Creaturely Ontology,” Journal of Animal Ethics 3.2 (2013), pp. 176–187.
  • “Turning to Animals Between Love and Law,” New Formations 76 (2012): pp. 68-85.  http://www.academia.edu/1908640/Turning_to_Animals_Between_Love_and_Law“The
  • “The Equitable Eye: On Creaturely Life in the Films of Betty Leirner” Catalogue essay, Betty Leirner Retrospective, Cinemateca Brasileira, São Paolo, September 2010 (English & Portuguese). â€¨http://www.academia.edu/927055/_The_Equitable_Eye_On_Creaturely_Life_in_the_Films_of_Betty_Leirner
  • “Todd Haynes’s Melodramas of Abstraction,” in All That Heaven Allows: The Cinema of Todd Haynes. James Morrison, ed. London: Wallflower, 2007, pp. 145-155.

Teaching

  • FLM100 Introduction to Film 
  • FLM601 Screenwriting Project
  • MA in Film Studies Core Course
  • MA in Documentary Practice
  • FLM609 Ecocinemas: Nature, Animals, and the Moving Image
  • FLM511 The Visual Essay

 

Areas of specialization and interest

I work at the intersection of Film and Animal Studies. I'm concerned with the relationship between animals and the cinematic medium, in particular documentary, experimental, and early cinema. I am also interested in the interfaces between theory and practice, especially the visual essay. May 2013 saw the launch of my AHRC-funded project Screening Nature Network (SNN). SNN is devoted to showcasing and discussing early film and artist moving image on nature, ecology, and animals. The project’s partners are the Whitechapel Gallery, the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), the Goethe-Institut, London, Tate Modern, and the Horse Hospital

My book Creaturely Poetics explores how animality and vulnerability transform the critical framework of Film Studies, and articulates a “creaturely” approach to image and text. With Guinevere Narraway, I coedited Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human, on ecology, animals, and film. 

My work on animals and animality draws on continental philosophy and ethics, in particualr the work of Simone Weil, Levinas, Gillian Rose, Agamben, poststructuralism, and posthumanist theory. My current research projects explore the biopolitics of film, and Weil's theory of "affliction." 

I welcome doctoral applications in the areas of animals and film, documentary, ecocinema, cinema and continental philosophy, and posthumanist cinemas. 

Office hours: 
Fridays 1-3pm, or by appointment: a.pick@qmul.ac.uk