If in the first installment of this special dual issue of Feminist Media Histories, we entered the hollows of Marie Jeanne’s cave, enacting an excavation of the hidden and suppressed histories of the Haitian Revolution as told in Shirley Bruno’s short film An Excavation of Us (2017), this second issue approaches habitation, or the way in which we in-habit space—marginal, sub-merged, de-centered—in order to put forth feminist counter-histories of the body and embodiment. This volume recognizes that the term “habitation” gives a sense of the “lived in,” but one that is not completely “natural,” comfortable, or given. With embodied habitation, the body becomes not only a place where selfhood becomes fleshed, but an extension of the external world’s spatial logics, which must be adapted to in order to be made livable. This process of habitation signifies adapting to...
Editors’ Introduction: Habitation: Of Space and Absence
Shelleen Greene is an associate professor of cinema and media studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include Italian cinema, postcolonial studies, and feminist digital studies. Her book Equivocal Subjects: Between Italy and Africa—Constructions of Racial and National Identities in the Italian Cinema (Bloomsbury/Continuum, 2012) examines the representation of mixed-race subjects of Italian and African descent in Italian cinema. Her work has also been published in the edited volume Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and in the journal California Italian Studies.
Ellen C. Scott is an associate professor and head of the Cinema and Media Studies program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Her research focuses on the meaning of film in African American communities and the relationship of media to the struggle for racial justice and equality. She is author of Cinema Civil Rights (Rutgers University Press, 2015). She is working on two projects, one exploring Black women film critics and another examining the history of slavery on the screen in the United States, which has received grant funding from the Academy Film Scholars program of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Shelleen Greene, Ellen C. Scott; Editors’ Introduction: Habitation: Of Space and Absence. Feminist Media Histories 20 October 2020; 6 (4): 1–12. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2020.6.4.1
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