Postdoctoral Fellows

Ella Klik

2021–2023 Postdoctoral Fellow, Cinema and Media Studies
PhD In Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

Ella Klik works on media theory and history with an emphasis on the intersection between technology, materiality, aesthetics, and memory. She received her PhD in 2018 from the department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. At USC, she will develop her second large-scale project focusing on digital (re)constructions of lost objects; this work is future oriented and aims at understanding the particular imaginaries and technical possibilities/limitations of the increased integration of digital media in sustaining histories. Ella is currently finishing her first manuscript, Undoings: An Archaeology of Erasable Media, which offers a theoretical exploration of deletion and exclusion in the design of recording technologies from the phonograph to the digital present. Her work appears in Media-N, Memory Studies, and Television & New Media. She held previous research appointments at NYU Shanghai and the Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.