"The Myth of Post-Racialism"
Sika Dagbovie-Mullins, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of English at FAU
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The term “post-racial” was used frequently during and after the 2008 election. Since then, exactly what the term means has been the subject of debate. Sociologist Michael Jeffries argues that post-racialism is “a direct descendant of color blindness;” Communications scholar Ralina Joseph asserts it “remains embroiled in precisely what it claims not to be.” Using poet Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric (2014), finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, we will discuss the meanings and myth of post-racialism in American life.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Sika Dagbovie-Mullins is an associate professor and director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English at Florida Atlantic University. She is author of Crossing B(l)ack: Mixed Race Identity in Modern American Fiction and Culture (University of Tennessee Press, 2013) and is currently co-editing Mixed-Race Superheroes (Rutgers University Press, forthcoming 2021) which examines the intersection of Critical Mixed-Race Studies and superhero studies. She specializes in 20th and 21st century African American Literature. Her articles have appeared in journals such as African American Review, The Journal of Popular Culture, The Lion and the Unicorn, and Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International. In 2019 she published "Performing White Innocence while Invoking Black Slavery in “Post-Racial” Popular Culture" in The Journal of Popular Culture.
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