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Daniel McNeil

Associate Professor - Africana Studies; Black Atlantic Studies; Critical Mixed Race Studies; Cultural Criticism & Theory; Decolonial Studies; Diaspora Studies; Immigration, Multiculturalism and “Race Relations”; Indigenous and Canadian Studies; Media and Cultural Studies

Daniel McNeil joined Carleton in 2014 as a strategic hire to enhance the university’s research, program development and teaching in Migration and Diaspora Studies. As chair of the Migration and Diaspora Studies Steering Committee, he was a recipient of a 2015 Carleton University Research Award for building sustained connections across the university that have encouraged knowledge dissemination about the social, cultural, economic and political implications of the movement and transnational settlement of people.

Before joining Carleton, McNeil taught Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Hull and Newcastle University, and was the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Professor of African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the author of Sex and Race in the Black Atlantic, which brings together critical research in fields such as Cultural History, Media and Cultural Studies, African Diaspora Studies, and Postcolonial Studies to disrupt regimes of representation that frame “mixed-race” subjects as pathological objects or “new” national icons for the twenty-first century.

In recognition of his recent and ongoing research projects mapping the politics and poetics of identities that work within, across, outside, and against the nation-state, McNeil received a 2018 Research Achievement Award from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International) at Carleton University. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of Humanities and the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas at York University in 2018-19, and completing two books.

The first,  How Culture Lives: An Unofficial History of Multiculturalism, creatively uses extensive archival research in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada to address the colonial frameworks and decolonial movements that informed the shape and contours of state-sanctioned multiculturalism. It also engages with the politics and poetics of informal, extra-institutional, messy, and complicated convivial cultures to unsettle what passes as serious and reasonable national conversations about migration (i.e. the emphasis on surveillance and recognition of markers of racialized ethnic difference).

The second, Migration and Stereotypes in Performance and Cultures, is an edited collection that deconstructs and transforms the discourses surrounding migration in the arts, humanities, social sciences and public affairs. It is particularly interested in mapping the new directions in Migration Studies,  Performance Studies and Cultural Studies that have been developed in conversation with critical race theory, feminism, labour studies, and translocalism.

Recent and Current Supervisions

Supervisor. 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, Carleton University, 2016.

Co-supervisor. Liliane Braga. “Afrodiasporic cinematographies: Images and narratives under regimes of orality,” Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), 2018.

Co-supervisor. Jenn Ko, “Negotiating Chineseness in Diaspora: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Memory in Hong Kong and the Greater Toronto Area, 1960-2018,” Department of History, Carleton University, 2018.

Co-supervisor. William Leonard Felepchuk, “Unearthing Racial Necrogeographies in Settler Colonies: the life and death of burial places in Ontario and Virginia,” School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Carleton University. In Progress.

Co-supervisor. Diane Roberts, “Exile and Recovery in African and Indigenous Communities,” Concordia University. In Progress.