Bio

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.

Mr. Amamoo, then head of the Cinema Section (ISD) and me standing next to a cinema van in the summer of 2009.

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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One Response to Bio

  1. Martin Stollery says:

    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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