Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Visual Studies

Jennifer Bajorek

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Hampshire College Professor Jennifer Bajorek
Jennifer Bajorek
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Visual Studies
Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies
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Jennifer Bajorek
Adele Simmons Hall 106
Sabbatical Fall 2018, On Leave Spring 2019
Jennifer Bajorek, associate professor of comparative literature and visual studies, received an A.B. in English from Princeton University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in comparative literature from the University of California, Irvine. She teaches and writes on literature, philosophical aesthetics, and photography.

Her writing on literature includes a book on Baudelaire, Marx, and Benjamin, Counterfeit Capital (Stanford, 2009). Her essays on lyric poetry, Marxist theories of labor, and Benjamin’s philosophy of history have appeared in Critical Inquiry, Diacritics, and Qui Parle. She is also the English translator of several works of French philosophy, including those by Jacques Derrida and Bernard Stiegler, Sarah Kofman, and Jean Paulhan. Her writing on photography includes numerous essays on historical and contemporary photography in Africa, published in Aperture, Autograph ABP, and History of Photography. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled How to Write a Visual History of Liberation: Photography and Decolonial Imagination in Africa. The manuscript, based on field research carried out with photographers and in photography collections in Senegal and Benin, explores the relationship between photography and political imagination in francophone West Africa in the years immediately leading up to and following independence from French colonial rule, and was recently awarded a Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation (2013-2014).

Bajorek is also involved in activist collaborations and curatorial projects with partners in several different cities and countries in Africa. In 2010-2011, she was lead curator of Contemporary Africa on Screen (C.A.O.S.) at the South London Gallery. Her art writing and exhibition reviews have appeared in exhibition catalogues, journals, and online, on Africultures, Afriphoto, the Galerie du Jeu de Paume blog, and Africa Is a Country.

Before coming to Hampshire, Bajorek taught at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, where she was senior lecturer in cultural studies. She is currently a research associate in the Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

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