Camilla Hawthorne

PhD Student
AB, International Relations/Africana Studies (2009); MPA, Brown University (2010)
Diaspora, Black Europe, Science and Technology Studies

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Research Interests

My research addresses questions of race, national belonging, and media in contemporary Italy. I am interested in the various practices by which the Italian-born children of African immigrants engage with the question of whether it is possible to be both Black and and Italian. My project also takes seriously questions of media and circulation–for instance, the co-productive relationship between diasporic subjectivities and technologically-mediated social networks. Broadly, I study the ways in which the Internet has become entangled with racialization in Italy, both through the online activism of people of color and though other processes such as pervasive cybersurveillance.

My research has been supported by sources including the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, the UC Berkeley Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society, and the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. In addition to my doctoral work, I am also project manager of the Summer School on Black Europe, held each summer in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Courses Taught

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

    • DS 10 – Introduction to Development (Fall 2015) – UC Berkeley
    • DS 10 – Introduction to Development (Fall 2014) – UC Berkeley
    • GEOG 123 – Postcolonial Geographies (Fall 2013) – UC Berkeley

Teaching Assistant (TA)

  • AFRI 1060M – African Environmental History (Fall 2009) – Brown University

Selected Publications and Commentary

Making Room for Black Feminist Praxis in Geography” (with Brittany Meché). Society and Space, 29 September 2016.

Asmarina: Postcolonial Heritages.” Doppiozero, 15 May 2016.

“Sulle pratiche estetiche antirazziste delle figlie delle migrazioni” (with Annalisa Frisina). In Il Colore della nazione, ed. Gaia Giuliani, 200-214. Milan: Mondadori Education, 2015.

Italian Writer Igiaba Scego Rewrites the Black Mediterranean.” Africa is a Country, 14 October 2015.