Mediating Race and Immigration: Travelling Blackness
DR. MANOUCHEKA CELESTE
LGBTQ Affairs’ 2017-2018 Faculty Fellow
Thursday, November 9th
Reitz Union- Room 2201
Immigration, as crisis and in times of crisis, routinely cycles through as a news topic of the day. This talk will explore the story of immigration and citizenship, and the ways that race, gender, and class shape national belonging and identity. Using Haiti, Cuba, and the United States as primary triangulated sites of examination, Dr. Celeste will argue that citizenship in all of its forms is often rhetorically, representationally, and legally negated by race, particularly blackness. Further, she will explore
the ways that media representations of blackness impact one’s ability to travel across national and social borders and become a citizen.
Dr. Manoucheka Celeste is Assistant Professor at University of Florida with a joint appointment at the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research and the African American Studies Program. A proud Gator alum and UF Hall of Fame inductee (2003), she earned her B.S. in Journalism and M.A. in Mass Communication from the College of Journalism and Communication. She also holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies from the University of Washington. She studies media, focusing on race, gender, class, sexuality, and nation, and processes of identity formation. She has published research on citizenship narratives surrounding immigration, tourism, and black women in media and popular culture. She is author of the book Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora: Travelling Blackness.