Manar Ellethy is a PhD candidate in American History / American Studies at the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies and Leiden University on the larger research project “Racial Democracy: Challenges to Civic Democratic Ideals in American History,” sponsored by the Stichting Praesidium Libertatis at Leiden University. Her research focuses on black visual culture and cultural resistance in the 1960s, namely black documentary film, and its intersection with political discourses. It explore traces of the recently popular and contested term post-truth in white supremacist populist discourses in the 1960s. Its aim is to study culture as an effective and essential way of questioning the authority of the spectacle created by populist post-truth discourses and policies.
Fields of interest
- Cultural studies;
- Intersection between American visual culture and politics;
- Right-wing populism;
- Post-truth politics;
- (Black) cultural resistance & activism, radical democracy, anti-fascism,intersectionality, oppositional postmodernism;
- Film and television, black documentary film 1960s