About Dr. Manoucheka Celeste

Dr. Manoucheka Celeste is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida. She holds an appointment at the Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies Research as well as the African American Studies Program. Her research centers on representational constructions of race, gender, class, and nation, and processes of identity formation, with a specific emphasis on citizenship narratives surrounding immigration, tourism, immigrants, and black women. Her regional focus is the Caribbean, particularly Haiti.

The Event:

This event was a book launch for Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora: Travelling Blackness. Travelling Blackness “considers the ways that blackness, and representations of blackness, impact one’s ability to travel across national and social borders and become a citizen.” By focusing on Haiti, Cuba, and the United States, Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora: Travelling Blackness looks to map the meaning of “national belonging” and citizenship while being mindful of race, gender, and class.

April 9, 2018 This talk focused on Dr. Manoucheka Celeste's new book: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora: Travelling Blackness, which examines the rhetorical formulations of citizenship in comparison to blackness.   Book: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora: Travelling Blackness