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A primer on digital media literacy

A network of hundreds of international scholars and artists

Alex Juhasz on Vimeo

Feminist Online Spaces:
Building & Linking Principled Sites in Collaboration

an experiment in digital embodied collective feminist media praxis

PerpiTube: Repurposing Social Media Spaces:

WordPress Blog: aljean.wordpress.com

YouTube Class: youtube.com/mediapraxisme

Media Praxis Online Publication: www.mediapraxis.org

VHS Archive: A Brooklyn College graduate course and GC Center for Humanities Working Group exploring what to do with our soon-to-be-obsolete but always-beloved collections.

Sisters in the Life: 25 Years of Out African American Lesbian Mediamaking (1986–2011)

From experimental shorts and web series to Hollywood blockbusters and feminist porn, the work of African American lesbian filmmakers has made a powerful contribution to film history. But despite its importance, this work has gone largely unacknowledged by cinema historians and cultural critics.

A Camera Obscura book
Alexandra Juhasz and Yvonne Welbon, Editors

Assembling a range of interviews, essays, and conversations, Sisters in the Life tells a full story of African American lesbian media-making spanning three decades. In essays on filmmakers including Angela Robinson, Tina Mabry and Dee Rees; on the making of Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman (1996); and in interviews with Coquie Hughes, Pamela Jennings, and others, the contributors center the voices of black lesbian media makers while underscoring their artistic influence and reach as well as the communities that support them. Sisters in the Life marks a crucial first step in narrating the history and importance of these compelling yet unsung artists.

Contributors: Jennifer DeVere Brody, Jennifer DeClue, Raul Ferrera-Balanquet, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Thomas Allen Harris, Devorah Heitner, Pamela L. Jennings, Alexandra Juhasz, Kara Keeling, Candace Moore, Marlon Moore, Michelle Parkerson, Roya Rastegar, L. H. Stallings, Yvonne Welbon, Patricia White, Karin D. Wimbley.


duke univeristy press logoMarch 2018 | 296 pages | 54 illustrations
ISBN 978-0-8223-7086-4 | Paperback - $26.95
ISBN 978-0-8223-7071-0 | Cloth - $99.95

Blackwell Companion to Film Studies: Documentary

A Companion to Contemporary Documentary Film
Alexandra Juhasz and Alisa Lebow, Editors

A collection of original essays that explore major issues surrounding the state of current documentary films and their capacity to inspire and effect change. Includes nearly 30 original essays by top documentary film scholars and makers, with each thematic grouping of essays sub-edited by major figures in the field.



ISBN: 978-0-470-67164-1
696 pages, March 2015

Learning from YouTube


Written by
Alexandra Juhasz



Learning from YouTube originated as a course taught by Dr. Juhasz at Pitzer College beginning in 2007.

Innovative Video-Book About YouTube
Written by Alexandra Juhasz

YouTube, the largest video sharing site in the world, is viewed by more than two billion people per day, nearly double the prime time audience of all three major US broadcast networks combined.  YouTube widely promotes that its technology enables the democratic production and distribution of media content on this huge scale.  So why is YouTube being used primarily to spoof mainstream media forms and what does this tell us about social media and our society?

This video-book contains a series of more than 200 texts and videos –“texteos” – that encourage users to think about YouTube by experiencing and learning within this digital entertainment platform.  Whether in video or textual form, Juhasz writes in a relatively informal voice suitable to her subject and the online digital format of the project permits contributions from its users.  


ISBN: 9780262296809
February 2011

F is for Phony

The first
sustained critique of
the mockumentary.

Fake documentaries mimic documentary genre expectations, unraveling the documentary's authority and dismantling understandings of identity, history, and nation.

The interdisciplinary essays in F Is for Phony discuss a broad scope of works and explore issues raised by "fake docs" such as the fiction/ documentary divide, the ethics of reality-based manipulation, and whether documentariness derives from form or reception.

Fake Documentary and Truth's Undoing
Alexandra Juhasz and Jesse Lerner, editors

Defining the borderline between fact and fiction, the contributors reveal what fake documentaries imply and usually make explicit: that many documentaries lie to tell the truth, and that the truth is relative.

Contributors: Steve Anderson, Catherine L. Benamou, Mitchell W. Block, Luis Buñuel, Marlon Fuentes, Craig Hight, Charlie Keil, Alisa Lebow, Eve Oishi, Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Gregorio C. Rocha, Jane Roscoe, Catherine Russell, Elisabeth Subrin.

Alexandra Juhasz is professor of media studies at Pitzer College.
Jesse Lerner is associate professor of media studies at Pitzer College.

Visible Evidence Series, volume 17
244 pages | 25 halftones | 7 x 10 | August 2006
ISBN 0-8166-4251-6 | Paperback $20.00
ISBN 0-8166-4250-8 | Cloth $60.00

Women of Vision

Histories in Feminist Film and Video
Alexandra Juhasz, Editor

Alexandra Juhasz asked twenty-one women to tell their stories-women whose names make up a who's who (and who will be) of independent and experimental film and video. What emerged in the resulting conversations is a compelling (and previously underdocumented) history of feminism and feminist film and video, from its origins in the fifties and sixties to its apex in the seventies, to today.

Legends and rising stars of feminist film and video tell their stories.

Women of Vision is a companion piece to Juhasz's 1998 documentary of the same name. The book presents the complete interviews, allowing readers to hear directly the voices of these articulate, passionate women in an interactive remembering of feminist media history. Juhasz's introduction provides a historical, theoretical, and aesthetic context for the interviews.

These subjects have all shaped late twentieth-century film and video in fundamental ways, either as artists, producers, distributors, critics, or scholars, and they all believe that media are the most powerful tools for effecting change. Yet they are a very diverse group, with widely varying personal and professional backgrounds. By presenting their interviews together, Juhasz shows the differences among those involved in feminist media, but also the connections among them, and the way in which the field has been enriched by their sharing of knowledge and power. In the end, Juhasz not only records these women's careers, she broadens our understanding of feminism and shows how feminist history and documentary are made.

Interviewees: Pearl Bowser, Margaret Caples, Michelle Citron, Megan Cunningham, Cheryl Dunye, Vanalyne Green, Barbara Hammer, Kate Horsfield, Carol Leigh, Susan Mogul, Juanita Mohammed, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Eve Oishi, Constance Penley, Wendy Quinn, Julia Reichert, Carolee Schneemann, Valerie Soe, Victoria Vesna, Yvonne Welbon.

$22.95 paper ISBN 0-8166-3372-X
$68.95 cloth ISBN 0-8166-3371-1

280 pages | 21 black-and-white photos | 7 x 10 | 2001
University of Minnesota Press, Visible Evidence Series, volume 9


"The most powerful section of the text is an auto- ethnographic account of the Women's AIDS Video Project (WAVE). Through beautifully honest self-reflection and analysis of the group's dynamics and products, Juhasz illustrates the value of community-focused education initiatives and presents powerful evidence for the need to change the one-size-fits-all approach of public HIV/AIDS education policy. . . . [AIDS TV] ought to be required reading for all students of the politics of sexuality, reproductive freedom, and community-based education."

Harry C. Denny, Signs

Identity, Community, and Alternative Video
Alexandra Juhasz

Camcorder AIDS activism is a prime example of a new form of political expression—an outburst of committed, low-budget, community-produced, political video work made possible by new accessible technologies. As Alexandra Juhasz looks at this phenomenon—why and how video has become the medium for so much AIDS activism—she also tries to make sense of the bigger picture: How is this work different from mainstream television? How does it alter what we think of the media’s form and function? The result is an eloquent and vital assessment of the role media activism plays in the development of community identity and self-empowerment.


1995 | 328 pages | 22 black and white illustrations
ISBN 0-8223-1695-1 | Paperback - $22.95
ISBN 0-8223-1683-8 | Cloth - $79.95