Narratives of Browness: Hypervisibility, Invisibility and Social Media

Project ID: 1429

Cube proposed by: Ramaswami Mahalingam

Unit: LSA: Social Sciences

Cycle: MCubed 2.0

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About this project: 
Using an interdisciplinary lens, our project explores the heterogeneity in the contours of brown narratives among South Asians in the Midwest. Although there is an emerging interest in the social construction of browness on its own terms, most of such explorations are situated either in the East or West Coast. Rarely have the narratives of brownness in the Midwest been explored. The Midwest, particularly Ann Arbor and the greater Detroit, has a sizable population of South Asians who work in a variety of jobs that range from motel cleaners to doctors. In this collaborative project, we are planning to gather narratives of browness from a variety of sources (e.g., personal interviews, social media narratives including blogs) for a multimedia exhibit of narratives of browness with a focus on its hypervisibility and invisibility in the Midwest with a goal of working toward a collaborative publication on browness.