Spring 2021 Distinguished Speakers
Keisha Brown, Assistant Professor of History, Tennessee State University
Blackness in the Formation of the People's Republic of China
March 4, 7:30–8:30 pm EST via Zoom Meeting
In her talk, Dr. Keisha A. Brown will discuss the ways that discourses of race and Blackness have shaped and continually impact constructions of the nationhood and peoples in the People's Republic of China (PRC).
About the Speaker
Dr. Keisha A. Brown is an Assistant Professor of History at Tennessee State University in the Department of History, Political Science, Geography, and Africana Studies. Dr. Brown graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, earned her doctorate from the University of Southern California, and was a 2018–2019 postdoctoral fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University. She was also a fellow in the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations Public Intellectuals Program 2018-2020.
Dr. Brown is an Asian studies scholar with a regional focus on East Asia specializing in modern Chinese history. Her research and teaching interests include comparative East Asian histories, postcolonial theory, transnational studies, world history, and race and ethnic studies. Dr. Brown’s research examines networks of difference in China used to understand the Black foreign other through an investigation of the social and political context that African Americans navigated and negotiated during their time in Maoist China. Her publication, Blackness in Exile: W.E.B. Du Bois’ Role in the Formation of Representations of Blackness as Conceptualized by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), analyzes W.E.B. Du Bois’ performativity of race in China. Dr. Brown is currently extending her research on Sino-African American transnational relations to examine ideas of race and ethnicity and Afro-Asian diasporic connections, as evidenced by her blog post, “Teaching China through Black History” (Harvard University Fairbank Center), and essay, “Bridging the Gap: Blackness and Sino-African Relations” (International Institute for Asian Studies).