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Daniel McNeil

Associate Professor

Daniel McNeil joined Carleton in 2014 as a strategic hire to enhance the university’s research, teaching and program development in Migration and Diaspora Studies. Before joining Carleton, he held the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Professorship in African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul University in Chicago and taught Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Hull and Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.

McNeil’s research traverses national and disciplinary boundaries to examine the cultural and intellectual history of the transatlantic world post-1865. His recent publications include chapters in Film Criticism in the Digital Age, American Shame: Stigma and the Body Politic and Slavery, Memory, Citizenship. He is also the author of Sex and Race in the Black Atlantic: Mulatto Devils and Multiracial Messiahs, which is the first volume in Routledge’s series on the African and Black Diaspora and the first monograph to analyse the history of mixed-race self-fashioning using a transatlantic lens. Drawing on a diverse range of sources and characters – from the diaries, letters, novels and plays of femme fatales in Congo and the United States to the advertisements, dissertations, oral histories and political speeches of Black Power activists in Canada and the United Kingdom – the book provides readers with a timely rejoinder to academics, artists, journalists and politicians who misappropriate the mixed-race label in order to celebrate prophets, berate delinquents, and market “new” national icons for contemporary forms of corporate multiculturalism.

McNeil’s forthcoming book project, A Tale of Two Critics: Structures of Feeling in the Black Atlantic, will also explore the shape and contours of a transnational cultural formation forged, in the first instance, by the transatlantic slave trade. It pays particular attention to the creative artistry, cultural criticism and politically infused acts of pleasure of a diasporic generation that came of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Resisting attempts to integrate and gentrify the restless, dissident work of this cohort into generic discussions of baby boomers, or parochial accounts of a post-civil rights generation in the United States, A Tale of Two Critics explores the explorative, provocative and suggestive work of writers who have expanded our sense of Black Consciousness as/and Modern Consciousness.

Current Teaching

MGDS2000: Introduction to Migration and Diaspora Studies

This course introduces students to the burgeoning fields of Migration and Diaspora Studies by examining the cultural, social, political and economic implications of the movement of people and ideas.

HIST 3907A: Black Freedoms: African American Culture from Abolition to Black Lives Matter

This course explores the demand for black freedom that courses through U.S. culture from the movement to abolish slavery in the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, and places this long struggle for justice and equality in a global and transnational context. Throughout, we will pay particular attention to the politics and poetics of black intellectuals, artists, and activists who have shaped the modern world by resisting forms of racial hierarchy and violence. Topics that will be explored in the course include: the marketing and reading of slave narratives; anti-lynching crusades and the visual archive of mob violence; contested memories of the transatlantic slave trade and imperialism; the relationship between anti-colonialism, surrealism and existentialism; Black Consciousness Movements and Afrofuturism; representations of love, sexuality and desire in popular culture; and current struggles against mass incarceration and police brutality.

CLMD 6101: Perspectives on Interdisciplinarity in Cultural Theory

This course will address the theory and practice of interdisciplinary studies of culture. Attention will be paid to those themes and issues in cultural theory of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that inform contemporary interdisciplinary work in literature, film, music, art and new media. ‎


Recent and Current Supervisions

Liliane Braga. “Images, Narratives and Knowledge in Black Diaspora Circuits: New Trends in Contemporary Cinema in the Americas,” Department of History.

Victoria Bisnauth, “Witnessing the Violence of Modern Exile: An Examination of the Relationship Between the Image, the Spectator, and the Context of Photographs of Pain and Suffering,” Department of Law and Legal Studies, 2016.

Jenn Ko, “Hong Kong-Canadian Immigration and the Anthropology of the Body, Health, Illness and Healing,” Department of History.

Selam Abebe, “What Are You?”: Mixed-race childhood experiences in Canada,” Child Studies Program.