The subtitle of this special issue, the first of two on embodiment that we will edit for Feminist Media Histories, is “excavations.” The aim of the larger project is to explore those embodied women's histories—inflected by race, class, gender, sexuality, and/or generation—that have gone unexplored or remained in the shadows.

The potential of the concept of “excavations” for understanding feminist histories of media and embodiment is perhaps best revealed in Shirley Bruno's short film An Excavation of Us (2017), a counter-history of the Haitian Revolution told with and through the body of “Marie Jeanne,” both a cave named after the revolutionary fighter and the...

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