Jay Jolles is a PhD student in American Studies at the College of William and Mary. His research interests live at the intersection of trauma theory, memory studies, and digital culture. Currently, his work is concerned with vernacular practices of memorialization following catastrophe.

Sound, The Second-Line, and the Politics of Post-Katrina Memory

In January of 2006, thousands of displaced New Orleanians returned to their sunken city from a variety of locales. They came from as close as Baton Rouge and as far as Portland, Oregon. Following a strange diaspora, an extension of forced exile caused by inadequate and disorganized evacuation plans sponsored… Continue reading