JB Brager

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JB Brager is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Their research and teaching interests include Black feminist theory, critical science and technology studies, and visual and cultural studies with an emphasis on photography and film. JB's research looks at the ways in which the human as a category of recognition is made and unmade through images, histories of indigenous dispossession and genocide, and claims to the body in the afterlife of slavery and colonialism. Their work has appeared in the International Journal of Communication, The Holocaust in History and Memory, and The New Inquiry. Their comics and work on comics has appeared in the Jewish Comix Anthology, The Black Warrior Review, Shareable Magazine, and The LA Review of Books.

JB’s dissertation project, Bodies of Evidence: The Image, the Flesh, and the Crisis of the Human tracks the ways in which images of the human are catalogued as evidence of racial dispossession within Western modernity. Technologies of imaging—in the service of racial scientists and colonial actors— defined the borders of the human in the context of 19th and 20th century histories of enslavement and genocide. Bodies of Evidence names the effects of imag(in)ing the human in the United States, Germany, and Namibia (formerly German South West Africa), through close and critical readings of transnational archives of photography, bio-anthropological museum collections, and contemporary art.


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