Black Women and the Curation of Digital Diasporic Intimacy
Through a series of case studies that explore Black women’s creation of and engagement with digital visual cultures, this research will illustrate how digital diasporic identity and community is created and performed on social media through processes of visuality and its affects. Underpinned by Black feminist theory and critical race theory, I couple my own experiences of interacting with this digital material – which include Cecile Emeke’s web-series Strolling, #BlackGirlMagic selfies, Renata Cherlise’s digital archiving project @blackarchives.co, and a selection of memes and gifs that repurpose Black femme aesthetics – with visual and discourse analysis to understand how Black women create moments of digital intimacy that facilitate the construction of diasporic identity building.
The thesis is structured around four principles that relate to the construction of Black identity and community: space, body, time and sound. In doing so, I am able to situate the visual material as they relate to digitally mediated practices of Black identity and community. This allows for an understanding of how digital diasporic intimacy is created and sustained. This project meets at the intersection of Black studies, digital media studies, visual culture, and Black feminist theory to consider how digital blackness is imagined and mediated by Black women visual content creators and engagers.