Daphne Lamothe

Associate Professor of Africana Studies

-- Smith College
HWL Affiliation: Visiting Faculty Fellow
Year Visiting: 2017 to 2018

Daphne Lamothe is a literary and cultural studies scholar at Smith College, where she is Associate Professor of Africana Studies. Her primary affiliation at Duke will be in History, where she will continue her research on migration, Afro-pessimism and black optimism.
During her fellowship, Professor Lamothe will work on two projects. The first is a book project, entitled Blackness, Being and Event, in which she examines post-soul narratives that use immigrant urbanity to frame their explorations of millennial blackness. For the second project, she will collaborate with Professor Adriane Lentz-Smith to use the mission of the journal, Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism as a catalyst for building Smith-Duke partnerships in teaching, co-curricular planning, and research. Professor Lamothe serves on the Executive Advisory Board of Meridians, an interdisciplinary forum for scholarship and creative work by and about women of color in U.S. and international contexts.
Professor Lamothe earned her B.A. in English from Yale University, and her Ph.D. in English from U.C. Berkeley. She is the author of Inventing the New Negro: Narrative, Culture, and Ethnography, as well as peer-reviewed essays and articles that consider questions of national belonging, cultural identity, and symbolic geographies within the Black Atlantic imagination. 


2017-18 Visiting Faculty Fellows
-- May 18 2017
The Humanities Writ Large Steering Committee has selected two Visiting Faculty Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. They are: Daphne Lamothe, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Smith College... Read More
Blackness Unmoored: Relational Ethics and Aesthetics in Stromae’s “Formidable”
-- Jan 26 2018
Visiting Faculty Fellow Daphne Lamothe explores one of the most fundamental lessons of black life, and Black Studies, in a talk at the John Hope Franklin Center's Wednesdays at the Center series—the... Read More


Blackness Unmoored: Relational Ethics and Aesthetics in Stromae’s “Formidable”
-- Feb 7 2018 - 12:00pm
In this presentation, Dr. Lamothe will advance a theory of “blackness unmoored” through an analysis of the lyrics and music video for the song, “Formidable” by Stromae. Lamothe will invoke the... Read More