UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

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Current Student

Patrick Ellis

Early and silent cinema, media archaeology, history of science and technology, history of cartography, world's fairs and expositions



Patrick Ellis is a Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Fellow and PhD candidate. He is finishing his dissertation, Aeroscopics: Cartographic Spectacles from Panorama to Film, which provides a media archeology of the aerial view in the era prior to commonplace flight. His interests beyond the history of film include the histories of science, technology, and medicine. Ellis co-organized the Second International Berkeley Conference on Silent Cinema, On Location, and the workshop Reproduction on Film at Cambridge University. He has published in Early Popular Visual Culture and has work forthcoming in Cinema Journal and Reproduction: From Antiquity to the Present Day (Cambridge). He has also written essays and reviews for The Times Literary Supplement, N+1, the New Museum's Rhizome, and Millennium Film Journal, among many others. Ellis has curated silent film programs for the Pacific Film Archive, the Wolfsonian Museum, and Cambridge University. He has received awards named for Parker Tyler and J. B. Harley, and his research has been supported by SSHRC, NEH, and the Wellcome Trust