Race, Infections and Zombies: Talk and Film Screening
Black History Month is an annual observance for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. In 2016 we mark Black History Month with a programme of events that focus on RACE@LSHTM and ask the questions: What Do We Teach? How Do We Research? Who Do We Employ?
Horror films, more than any other genre, reflect the cultural anxieties of the time and place they were made. The zombie film in particular is an open narrative in which (white) film makers express (white) perspectives on threat and otherness.
This illustrated talk by Dr Ford Hickson will trace the use of race and infections in zombie movies from White Zombie (1932) through to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) to inform, entertain and appal. It will be followed by a free screening of the pivotal cult-film Night of the Living Dead (1968, 96 minutes).
Warning: The talk and film both contain images of death, living death, cannibalism and dismemberment.
Other events in the series include:
- Race in Epidemiology on Tuesday 11 October
- Screening of Pressure & discussion with Charlie Phillips on Wednesday 12 October
- On the Sofa: Pathways to Success for Black People on Wednesday 13 October
- Screening of Baseball in the Time of Cholera & discussion on Monday 17 October
- Intersecting Race & Disability on Tuesday 18 October
- Debate on Surveying Race at the School on Thursday 20 October