February is Black History Month and Carleton experts are available to comment on related topics.

Daniel McNeil
Professor, History

Email: Daniel.McNeil@carleton.ca

McNeil is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work spans across African Studies; Black Atlantic Studies; Critical Mixed Race Studies; Cultural Criticism and Theory; Decolonial Studies; Diaspora Studies; Immigration, Multiculturalism and “Race Relations”; Indigenous and Canadian Studies; Media and Cultural Studies.

He is particularly interested in discussing the global and transnational dimensions of contemporary Black history, Black arts, activism and aesthetics between 1946 and 2021, as well as developing a ‘living archive’ of anti-racism.

McNeil is currently completing three research projects. The first delves beneath the media headlines about a ‘migration crisis,’ Brexit, Trump and other events and spectacles that have been linked to the intensification and proliferation of stereotypes and migrants and refugees since 2015. The second demonstrates how multiculturalism has been configured as banal across a range of disciplines and fields of inquiry. The third examines the much maligned and misunderstood work of Black cultural critics who came of age in the break between a civil rights era and a post-civil rights era in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Warren Clarke
PhD student, Sociology

Email: Warrenclarke@cmail.carleton.ca

Clarke’s research interests include youth cultures; social citizenship; neoliberalism and gentrification; race and ethnicity; anti-colonialism; and masculinity. Clarke’s current research, Mapping the experiences and struggles of un(der)employed Afro-Caribbean “Black” (ACB) young men in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa, focuses on understanding the social experiences of English-and French-speaking ACB young men who utilize youth employment training programs. The study aims to understand how race and gender biases are considered among co-ordinators, employers and funders who work, directly or indirectly, with young ACB men who are seeking employment through these programs.

To bring awareness to the stigmatization and social barriers faced by ACB young men, Clarke has curated and facilitated a community event series called Barber Shop Talk. This event dedicates itself to disrupting misconceptions about Black masculinity, creating a space for conversation, expression and the generation of solutions for some of the significant stressors that Canadian Black men and boys face. More information about Clarke can be found here.

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