Travelling Blackness: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora
Dr. Manoucheka Celeste Book Launch
April 9, 2018
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.
This talk focused on Dr. Manoucheka Celeste's new book: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora: Travelling Blackness. This book examines scrutinizes the rhetorical formulations of citizenship in comparison to blackness. It "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.
February 12, 2018
This seminar focused on intersectionality and how the different forms of discrimination and exclusion combine, overlap, or intersect by examining intersectionality in and beyond feminist studies as well as in political practices.
Additionally, the seminar was interested in contributions that expand the concept and praxis of intersectionality in media studies as a tool to analyse the complexity of multiple identities and their relations to power in a mediated social world.