alexandra juhasz: In October 2017 I received an email from Shelley Stamp inviting me to edit a special issue of Feminist Media Histories devoted to activism. I at once asked her if I could collaborate with someone. I prefer this method for several reasons, not least because as a senior scholar for whom such invitations are often part of my job duties, it allows me to share the academic wealth, so to speak, with junior scholars. And collaboration is a feminist method in which I have put great stock—that is, sharing and building knowledge and community together. I immediately thought of Angela J. Aguayo—not someone I knew personally, but a fellow scholar of activist feminist video whom I knew professionally. There are only a small handful of scholars who work centrally in the subfield of activist media, and we can count on finding one another on panels and in...
Editors’ Introduction: Informed Historical Reveries
Angela J. Aguayo is an associate professor of cinema and digital culture at Southern Illinois University. She is scholar and media maker whose practice reflects an interdisciplinary approach to documentary, media studies, rhetoric, and critical cultural theory. Her new book, Documentary Resistance: Social Change and Participatory Media (Oxford University Press, 2019) focuses on an emerging documentary commons that produces possibilities for social change. Aguayo is also an award-winning writer, director, and producer of multiple documentary shorts that are utilized in community engagement campaigns and screened at festivals and museums around the world.
Alexandra Juhasz is chair of the Film department at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She makes and studies committed media practices that contribute to political change and individual and community growth. She is the author of AIDS TV (Duke University Press, 1995); Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Film and Video (University of Minnesota Press, 2001); F Is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth's Undoing, coedited with Jesse Lerner (University of Minnesota Press, 2005); Learning from YouTube (MIT Press, 2011); The Blackwell Companion on Contemporary Documentary, coedited with Alisa Lebow (Blackwell, 2015); and Sisters in the Life: A History of Out African American Lesbian Media-Making, coedited with Yvonne Welbon (Duke University Press, 2018). Her current work #100HardTruths-#FakeNews is on and about feminist internet culture, including fake news: scalar.me/100hardtruths and fakenews-poetry.org.
Angela J. Aguayo, Alexandra Juhasz; Editors’ Introduction: Informed Historical Reveries. Feminist Media Histories 1 October 2019; 5 (4): 1–18. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2019.5.4.1
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