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Eleanor Louson

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Eleanor Louson

PhD Candidate
Science and Technology Studies
York University

My research focuses on wildlife films and the representation of animal behaviour. My main interest is in the blue-chip wildlife films of the 21st century, and I also draw from the history of wildlife filmmaking and of visual representation in natural history. I examine the history of staging practices or "natural history artifice" within the wildlife genre and how they affect our trust in wildlife filmmakers. A component of my dissertation project involves interviewing wildlife and environmental documentary filmmakers about their experiences, practices, impressions of their profession, and collaborations with scientists.

My committee is made up of Katey Anderson, Joan Steigerwald, and Brenda Longfellow.