Cons-ROAR-vation: What we can learn from Jurassic World other than how inaccurate the dinosaurs are

Movies, Academia
Sunday Aug 06   05:00 PM to 06:00 PM (1 hour)
Science dinosaurs conservation
While we can spend many, many hours debating the (in)accuracy of the dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park franchise, there is also a wealth of other things that we can take away from the films. This talk will be focusing on how themes of conservation and animal rights crash to the forefront in Jurassic World (2015), and will draw comparisons with the highly successful film documentary Blackfish (2013). Whilst these films approach these issues from slightly different perspectives, they both present an interesting mirror which reflects anxieties around animals in captivity, animal rights, valuing animals as entertainment, and of course the role of science within this. While they may not be real living creatures in the 21st century, can the dinosaurs of Jurassic World bring conservation and animal rights to life for millions of people across the world? And if so, how can Hollywood films facilitate these discourses in a way which is more easily accessible for the general public?
Content notice: This session will be talking about animals in captivity, animal cruelty, human death, and psychological trauma in animals both real and fictional, as they are crucial parts of the discussion, however I will try to minimise graphic details of these issues.

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