Jennifer Blaylock is a PhD candidate in the Film & Media department at University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation, “Media Machines: A Postcolonial Archaeology of New Media and Africa,” analyzes the history of media technology in Ghana from the early 1900s to the present. Each chapter describes a different technology when they were new—gramophones, cinema, television, and mobile phones—in order to identify continuities and ruptures across the discursive history of new media. Jennifer holds an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a BA in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley.
As a 2010–11 Fulbright Research Fellowship recipient, Jennifer Blaylock studied the history of early colonial film production in Ghana and conducted ethnographic research on government sponsored cinema distribution via mobile cinema vans. She was also involved in audiovisual preservation work in Ghana (May–August 2009 and May 2010) with New York University’s Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (APEX) program and spent five months in 2004 at the University of Ghana, Legon as an undergraduate foreign exchange student.