Kara Keeling

Dr. Kara Keeling (@ProfessorKK) is Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Keeling’s research has focused on African American film, theories of race, sexuality, and gender in cinema, critical theory, and cultural studies. Current research involves issues of temporality, media and black and queer cultural politics; digital media, globalization, and difference; and Gilles Deleuze and liberation theory. Keeling’s book, The Witch’s Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense (Duke University Press, 2007), explores the role of cinematic images in the construction and maintenance of hegemonic conceptions of the world and interrogates the complex relationships between cinematic visibility, minority politics, and the labor required to create and maintain alternative organizations of social life. She is co-editor (with Colin MacCabe and Cornel West) of a selection of writings by the late James A. Snead entitled European Pedigrees/ African Contagions: Racist Traces and Other Writing and author of several articles that have appeared in the journals Qui Parle, The Black Scholar, Women and Performance, and elsewhere.  Keeling currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies and is the Editor of the Moving Image Review section of Gay and Lesbian Quarterly (GLQ).

Selected Publications:
  1. Keeling, K. (2019). Queer times, black futures. New York: NYU Press.
  2. Keeling, K. (2014). Queer OS. Cinema Journal 53,(2), 152-157.
  3. Keeling, K. (2011). I = another: Digital identity politics. In G. K. Hong & R. A. Ferguson (Eds.), Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparitve Racialization (pp. 53-75). Durham, NC: Duke University Press.