Emma Ben Ayoun

Advisor: Akira Mizuta Lippit
Email: benayoun@usc.edu

Emma Ben Ayoun is a PhD candidate and Annenberg Fellow in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation, titled “Sick cinema: disability, disease and the moving image,” works at the interstices of film theory, disability studies, and visual studies to explore “sickness” as a visual, narrative, and semiological category in global cinema. Her critical and creative writing has been published or is forthcoming in Spectator, DIAGRAM, and Intermedialities. She currently serves as Managing Editor of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture. Before joining USC, she completed her MSt. in Film Aesthetics from the University of Oxford and her BA in Philosophy and Cultural Studies from McGill University. She is also interested in alternative, accessible, and community-oriented pedagogies; she has curated a public screening series on disease and disability at the Los Angeles Women’s Center for Creative Work, and has recently worked with Pieter, a dance and performance space in East Los Angeles.