Jennifer Blaylock  is a media historian and theorist with a focus in African studies. She currently is a Research Associate in Cinema Studies at Bowdoin College, where she is working on her book project, Media/Fetish: A Postcolonial Archaeology of New Media and Africa, which analyzes the history of new media technologies in anglophone West Africa from the early twentieth century to the present. Jennifer holds a PhD in Film & Media Studies from University of California, Berkeley, an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from the 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.

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  1. I’ve recently started reading your website on your research with great interest; you are doing some valuable work. I am a film historian interested in documentary and empire, currently researching a chapter for an edited collection called ‘The Grierson Effect’, about the international proliferation of John Grierson’s ideas. One of the lines I want to trace is from Grierson to Sean Graham and the Gold Coast Film Unit. Given that Grierson made some strong yet typically ambiguous statements in the late 1940s about the need for documentary films for Africans to be created by ‘a body of men [sic] who live and work with the African problem, who are the African problem in its creative aspect, knowing it and living with it’, one of the things I want to explore is the employment of Ghanaians within the Gold Coast Film Unit. I will certainly be citing your posts entitled ‘African Cinema: Roots’ and ’African Agency in the Gold Coast Film Unit’ in this context.

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