Scandura, Jani

University of Minnesota
United States
Jani Scandura is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Space & Place Collective. Her research centers on developing the tools and theoretical models for rethinking the way we understand and theorize modern subjectivity, representation, and materiality. Her book Down in the Dumps: Place, Modernity and American Depression investigates Depression-era productions of four places—Reno, Key West, Harlem, Hollywood—which functioned as discursive, material, and affective “dumps” within American modernity. She is working on two current projects: Suitcase: Fragments on Memory and Motion is a short fragmentary work that literalizes the quest to extend a metaphor at its most extreme. Dead Air: Affect and the Acoustic Subject, analyzes the relationships between sound, emotion, and subject-formation in modern Euro-American cultures.


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