HUMA E-106 Black Visuality in the Digital Age
One of the defining characteristics of the African diaspora is that its members are visually marked as othered. Digital storytelling of the black experience necessitates the visual, as opposed to the haptic (what can be touched and felt) or the audial (what is heard). Vision is, thus, a mechanism by which to understand and fully unpack the meaning of blackness. This course covers memes and mimetic communication, digital blackface, black Twitter, Worldstar Hip Hop, hair and makeup tutorials on YouTube, racist Snapchat filters, algorithmic biases, and Beyoncé and Solange's visual albums, among other topics. The course includes the work of scholars such as André L. Brock, Simone Browne, Elizabeth Alexander, and Charlton McIlwain, among others.