UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

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Permanent Faculty

Damon R. Young

Assistant Professor of French and Film & Media

film theory; digital media; global art cinema (with a focus on French and francophone); gender and sexuality studies; critical theory


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Damon Young is co-appointed with the department of French and is affiliated faculty in the Program in Critical Theory. He teaches courses on French and francophone cinema, on sexuality and media, and on topics in digital media and film theory (including classical film theory, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, semiotics, feminist and queer theory). He is currently completing a book, "Making Sex Public," exploring the social and sexual imaginaries in French and U.S. cinema since the 1960s. Recent publications include: “Visage/Con: Catherine Breillat and the Antinomies of Sex” (in Qui Parle 24.2, 2016); "The Vicarious Look, or Andy Warhol's Apparatus Theory" (in Film Criticism 39.2, 2015); "Queer Seriousness" (in World Picture 9, 2014) and "The Living End, or Love Without a Future" (in Queer Love in Film and Television: Critical Essays, 2013). He is co-editor of The Cultural Logic of Contemporary Capitalism, a special issue of the journal Social Text (June 2016), which examines the relation between "formal tendencies" in art, media and film, and political economy in the 21st century.

Before joining the Berkeley faculty, Damon Young was assistant professor and postdoctoral scholar in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. Other honors include a DAAD fellowship (2010-11), the Norman Jacobson Memorial Teaching Award (2012) and the UC President's Society of Fellows, as well as the University of Sydney Medal. With Ramzi Fawaz, he is co-founder of the group "Sexual Politics, Sexual Poetics" (queerandnow.tumblr.com/mission). 

His next book project, ‘After the Private Self’,” explores practices of self-narration and self-representation from Rousseau’s Confessions to Kim Kardashian’s Selfish.