Janice Marie Yu

PhD Candidate

Dissertation Title

Death Embodied: Racial Violence in 19th and 20th Century Photography


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Research Interests

Visual studies (specifically 19th and 20th century photography), critical race studies, cultural history, continental philosophy (in particular, ontology and phenomenology), posthumanism, psychoanalytic theory




Janice Yu is a PhD candidate in the department of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation primarily takes up representations of dead bodies as visual articulations of not only death but the human itself. She traces these formations specifically through an examination of photographs that position the dead racialized body as abject or other.