Monday, April 18 in 494 Van Hise Hall at 5:30 PM
Print the black and white or color poster (PDF format).
Co-sponsors Global Studies, the International Institute, the Division of International Studies, Asian American Studies, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies, Chican@ & Latin@ Studies, the School of Journalism & Mass Communication, and the departments of History, Afro-American Studies, and Communication Arts present
A talk by Ralina Joseph: Transcending Blackness in the 21st Century, or How Can I Be Like Barack Obama?
As "postrace" is the buzzword of the new century, and Barack Obama has quickly become a poster child of the postrace, the question arises: must multiracial African Americans metaphorically transcend blackness in order to achieve success? This talk will critique the notion that mixed-race black subjects function as bridges offering safe passage to a third, interstitial, or hybridized space. I argue that a two-sided stereotype, comprised in the "new millennium mulatta" and the "exceptional multiracial," has arisen instead through a variety of mediated discourses.
Ralina Joseph is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Washington. Her forthcoming book from Duke University Press entitled Transcending Blackness: Anti-Black Racism and African American Multiraciality from the New Milennium Mulatta to the Exceptional Multiracial investigates 1998-2008 era pop culture representations of multiracial African Americans.