Streaming Death: The Politics of Dying on YouTube

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
5:00 pm
Irvin Hall 40

Jennifer Malkowski writes and teaches about digital media (especially video games, Internet video, digital cinema and social media); documentary; death and dying; and race, gender and sexuality in media. She is particularly interested in the links between “old” and new media and the way new technologies reshape—or fail to reshape—social and political power.

Her book, Dying in Full Detail: Mortality and Digital Documentary, analyzes how documentarians have captured death from mid-19th-century mourning photographs to #BlackLivesMatter YouTube videos. It illustrates the ways technological developments have drastically altered that practice and asks: When these two elements combine, what does death as a subject reveal about the digital, and what do digital technologies reveal about death? Her work has also been published in Jump CutFilm Quarterly, the collection Queers in American Popular Culture, and the collection she has co-edited, Gaming Representation: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Video Games.

Sponsored by the Department of Media, Journalism and Film, the Film Studies Program, and the Comparative Media Studies Program.

Jennifer Malkowski
Jennifer Malkowski
Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies, Smith College