Jennifer Blaylock Publishes Article on Socialist Television in Ghana
April 29, 2022
Jennifer Blaylock, Visiting Assistant Professor in Cinema Studies, recently published the article "New Media, Neo-Media: The Brief Life of Socialist Television in Ghana" in the journal boundary 2. Television in Ghana was born at a radical time when Africans across the continent were boldly inventing systems of governance resistant to imperialism and racial inequality. Blaylock argues that this Afrofuturist period of Ghana's televisual past provides a counternarrative to media discourse from the colonial era that positioned African countries as the passive receivers of new media technologies. She shows how transnational influences were actively adapted by Ghanaian broadcasters to newly theorize the medium of television in opposition to racial capitalism.
Jennifer Blaylock Publishes Article on Oberlin Alumnus Shirley Graham Du Bois
March 1, 2022
Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies Jennifer Blaylock recently published an article about Oberlin alumnus Shirley Graham Du Bois for a special issue of Feminist Media Histories on decolonial feminisms edited by Pavitra Sunar and Debashree Mukherjee. Shirley Graham Du Bois was the first director of Ghana Television and likely the first Black woman to head a national television station in the world. Blaylock's article, "The Mother, the Mistress, and the Cover Girls: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and the Coloniality of Gender" analyzes Graham Du Bois' theorization of television as a tool for decolonization and shows that while Graham Du Bois' media practice rarely addressed gender inequality specifically, her work as a female broadcast leader in the mid-1960s set a precedent for decolonial feminist futures.
Jennifer Blaylock Publishes Article in Journal of Cinema and Media Studies
January 19, 2022
Jennifer Blaylock, visiting assistant professor in cinema studies, contributed an article about her globally oriented media archaeology course, When Old Media Were New, to the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies Winter Teaching Media Dossier "Teaching 'the Global' in Media Studies," edited by Juan Llamas-Rodriguez.