Name: Keisha Bruce
PhD: Black Studies
University email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Me: My research interests include Black popular culture, Black Feminism, Black identity formation, and Internet culture. Outside of my thesis, I am involved in a variety of projects that relate to racial and gender inequalities, social justice, racial inequalities within Higher Education, and Black archives.
Prior to my PhD at the University of Nottingham, I worked as an academic learning coach in Further Education. I earned my Master's degree in American Studies at the University of Nottingham and my Bachelor's in English and American Literature at the University of Birmingham.
Thesis Title: TBC
Through a series of case studies, my research will illustrate how a digital diasporic social identity is constructed, negotiated, and policed on the Internet. Drawing on analysis of Internet-based Black popular culture, as well as social media art and archives, I will demonstrate how digital Blackness is collectively envisioned through the parameters of body, space and time. I am particularly interested in how these digital sites become place for diasporic community building. My research is located at the intersection of Black diaspora studies, Black studies, cultural studies, and Black feminist theory.
Supervisors and Institution(s):
Dr Karen Salt (University of Nottingham)
Dr Jennifer Birks (University of Nottingham)
Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:
- “Spatialized Digital Blackness: Place, Storytelling and Diasporic Identities” panelist and session organiser of the panel “Navigating Transnational Digital Blackness: Networked Publics and Decolonized Ethnographic Approaches”. American Studies Association, Honolulu Convention Centre, United States. (November 2019).
- "Where the Diaspora Meets: Digital Encounters, Shared Autobiographies and Cecile Emeke's Strolling (2014)." Afroeuropeans Network. Lisbon, Portugal. (July 2019).
- “Keyword: Blackness” panelist for Definitions Towards Solidarity: BAME Americanists in the UK and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (Targeted Research Panel). British Association of American Studies, University of Sussex. (April 2019).
- ‘Dissecting Millennial Black Feminism in Popular Culture,' Sexuality and Gender 8th Annual Conference, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, U.K. (June 8 2018).
'Millennial Black Feminism: Reclaiming Africa as a Place of Return,’ Women of the Global South and its Diasporas: Rights, Representation, Activism, University of Leeds, Leeds, U.K. (June 5 2018).
- Oral History Researcher at Nottingham Black Archives working on the "When We Worked At Raleigh" project. (Midlands3Cities-funded Placement)
- Convenor of Black Studies reading group 2019-20, University of Nottingham.
- Co-organiser of Anticipating Black Futures symposium. May 31 2019.
- Organising assistant, Digital Cultures conference. May 10 2019.
Awards, Grants and Scholarships:
- Student experience fund, awarded £250.
- Graduate School Travel Prize, awarded £600.
- Cohort Development Fund, M3C, awarded £3,000 grant to run Anticipating Black Futures Symposium.
American Studies Association
British Association of American Studies