Damon Young

French and Film/Media, UC Berkeley

Damon Young teaches courses on French and francophone cinema, on sexuality and media, and on topics in film and cultural theory (including digital media, classical film theory, apparatus theory and 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 articles include: “Visage/Con: Catherine Breillat and the Antinomies of Sex” (Qui Parle 24.2, 2016); “The Vicarious Look, or Andy Warhol’s Apparatus Theory” (Film Criticism 39.2, 2015) and “Queer Seriousness” (World Picture 9, 2014). With Nico Baumbach and Genevieve Yue, he is co-editor of a special issue of Social Text (34.2, 2016) titled “The Cultural Logic of Contemporary Capitalism,” which considers the current status of Marxist cultural criticism and 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).