Laura Jaramillo is a film scholar, critic, and poet. She is a doctoral candidate at Duke University’s program in Literature. Her current research examines the aesthetics and politics of ritual in 1968-era Latin American and Spanish avant-garde cinema. She focuses on the work of Chilean cult filmmakers Alejandro Jodorowsky, Spanish inventor and mystic José Val del Omar, and Cuban ICAIC co-founder Manuel Octavio Gómez . The essay which appears in this issue of Jump Cut, “ASMR: Auratic Encounters and Women’s Affective Labor,” expands her inquiry into relations between novel aesthetic forms, the sensible, and politics to contemporary YouTube subcultures. She is also currently at work on a book of lyrical essays about the War on Drugs and Colombian cinema, an excerpt of which can be found here: http://elispress.com/SET/SET:3.pdf.