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Karen Salt

Assistant Professor in Transnational American Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Dr Karen Salt is an interdisciplinary scholar with strong interests in transnational American Studies and Afrodiasporic studies. A significant portion of her work investigates how black nation-states have fought for their continued existence within a highly racialised world. As this work has developed, Dr Salt has considered the relationship of sovereignty and race to environmental consumption and protection, enabling her to craft new research on racial ecologies. In addition to this work, she currently leads or co-leads projects on reparative trust, collective activism, racial equity and transformative justice politics.

Expertise Summary

Dr Salt is an expert on sovereignty, politics and the ways that discourses regarding difference influence narratives, decision-making and systems of governance. Years of considering the impact of racial and political discourses in the Atlantic world has led to a broader interest in the ways global minority communities marshal their collective power and participate in local, national and international governance structures. She continues to advise and research these topics--especially as they relate to inclusive practices and racial equity--with organizations.

She is an active mentor and consultant across sectors and participates as a reviewer for the ESRC and AHRC Peer Review Colleges and also sits on the ESRC GCRF Peer Review Group.

She is also a member of AHRC's Advisory Board. The Advisory Board advises the AHRC Council and develops strategies, programmes and initiatives that enable the AHRC to fulfill its mission--and support arts and humanities research.

Teaching Summary

Dr Salt currently convenes Q44018, Approaches to American Studies, and also offers supervision to MRes and PhD students.

Research Summary

Dr Salt's current research operates along three streams: work she does individually, work she collaborates on/leads with a team and work she does as the Director of the Centre for Research in Race… read more

Recent Publications

  • KAREN N SALT, 2017. Migrating Images of the Black Body Politic and the Sovereign State: Haiti in the 1850s. In: HEIKE RAPHAEL-HERNANDEZ and LEIGH RAIFORD, eds., Migrating the Black Body: African Diaspora and Visual Culture University of Washington Press. 52-70
  • TOM FELTWELL, JOHN VINES, KAREN N SALT, MARK BLYTHE, BEN KIRMAN, JULIE BARNETT, PHILIP BROOKER and SHAUN LAWSON, 2017. Counter-discourse Activism on Social Media: The Case of Challenging 'Poverty Porn' Television Computer Supported Cooperative Work. 26(3), 345-385
  • IAN G JOHNSON, ALISTAIR MCDONALD, JO BRIGGS, JENNIFER MANUEL, KAREN SALT, EMMA FLYNN and JOHN VINES, 2017. Community Conversational: Supporting and Capturing Deliberative Talk in Local Consultation Processes Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 2320-2333
  • KAREN N SALT, 2016. Twilight Islands and Environmental Crises: Re-writing a History of the Caribbean and Pacific Regions through the Islands Existing in their Shadows. In: JONI ADAMSON and MICHAEL DAVIS, eds., Humanities for the Environment: Integrated Knowledge, Forging New Constellations of Practice Routledge Press. 57-69

Current Research

Dr Salt's current research operates along three streams: work she does individually, work she collaborates on/leads with a team and work she does as the Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights.

Race, Black sovereignty, political futures, racial ecologies:

Dr Salt has continued working on race and politics. With research that has looked at the rise and figuration of Black Russians to more recent considerations of black sovereignty, she has remained fascinated by the ways that people of African descent have wrestled with and agitated for their political futures--especially within and amidst systems and international groupings that often withheld political rights or even human rights. Within this strand, she is currently working on linking race with environmental justice, interventions and environmental protection--crafting new critical territories around racial ecologies among and amidst twilight islands. Her book, The Unfinished Revolution: Haiti, Black Sovereignty and Power in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World is forthcoming (Liverpool Univ. Press).

Collaborations:

Dr Salt leads an active research team that has successfully secured funding from ESRC, AHRC, EPSRC and Arts Council England. This work includes The Trust Map; Curator: Challenging Online Fear and Othering; TrustLens; Common Cause Research; Geographies of Black Protest; and The Bigger Picture projects. These research projects include collaborators at the universities of Bath, Northumbria, Durham, Aberdeen, City (University of London), Bristol, Liverpool and Nottingham Trent, in addition to partners at Bright Ideas Nottingham, Aberdeen City Council, Runnymede Trust, Xtend, Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and the National Justice Museum, along with community members and formal/informal groups in Aberdeen, London, Hoy, Nottingham and the Northeast region.

Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R):

As the Director of C3R, Dr Salt remains committed to working to create an equitable world. Through partnerships, collaborations, public engagement, consultation, advocacy, mentorship, training and research, C3R focuses on creating policies, producing evidence, sustaining change and enlarging the networks of those engaged in work around equity, transformative justice and equality. To that end, it offers support to the newly established Black Studies PhD programme based at the University of Nottingham. This PhD programme is the first of its kind in Europe, offering comparative and interdisciplinary postgraduate studies. C3R participates as an active research centre and continues to collaborate with local, regional and national partners. Collaborative in nature and function, C3R bridges the world of academia, advocacy and engagement.

Future Research

Dr Salt is currently working on two new monographs: States of Blackness and Twilight Islands: Race and Politics in the Shadows of the Caribbean.

  • KAREN N SALT, 2017. Migrating Images of the Black Body Politic and the Sovereign State: Haiti in the 1850s. In: HEIKE RAPHAEL-HERNANDEZ and LEIGH RAIFORD, eds., Migrating the Black Body: African Diaspora and Visual Culture University of Washington Press. 52-70
  • TOM FELTWELL, JOHN VINES, KAREN N SALT, MARK BLYTHE, BEN KIRMAN, JULIE BARNETT, PHILIP BROOKER and SHAUN LAWSON, 2017. Counter-discourse Activism on Social Media: The Case of Challenging 'Poverty Porn' Television Computer Supported Cooperative Work. 26(3), 345-385
  • IAN G JOHNSON, ALISTAIR MCDONALD, JO BRIGGS, JENNIFER MANUEL, KAREN SALT, EMMA FLYNN and JOHN VINES, 2017. Community Conversational: Supporting and Capturing Deliberative Talk in Local Consultation Processes Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 2320-2333
  • KAREN N SALT, 2016. Twilight Islands and Environmental Crises: Re-writing a History of the Caribbean and Pacific Regions through the Islands Existing in their Shadows. In: JONI ADAMSON and MICHAEL DAVIS, eds., Humanities for the Environment: Integrated Knowledge, Forging New Constellations of Practice Routledge Press. 57-69
  • KAREN N SALT, 2016. Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography: Two entries on 'William Davidson' and 'Faustin I'
  • KAREN N SALT, 2015. Ecological Chains of Unfreedom: The Challenges of Black Sovereignty in the Atlantic World Journal of American Studies. 49(2), 267-86
  • KAREN N SALT, 2015. Brokering Knowledge in an Age of Mis-recognition and Ignorance; or, Displaying Haiti to the Masses. In: JONATHAN WRIGHT and DIARMID FINNEGAN, eds., Spaces of Global Knowledge, Encounter and Exchange in the Age of Empire 187-207
  • KAREN N SALT, 2015. The Language of Politics in the Literary Archive of Black Sovereignty J19. 3(2), 392-99
  • KAREN N SALT, 2014. Startling Feeling: Environmental Scholarship Amidst the Tangled Roots of Imperialism Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. 1(1),
  • KAREN N SALT, JULIE SZE, JANET FISKIO and SHAZIA RAHMAN, 2014. Environmental Justice, the Transcorporeal, and Engaged Scholarship in the 21st Century Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. 1(1),
  • KAREN N SALT, 2014. 'Caribbean Inflections'. Just Teach One. Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life
  • KAREN N SALT, 2012. Haitian Soil for the Citizen's Soul. In: JONI ADAMSON and KIMBERLY RUFFIN, eds., American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons Routledge Press. 37-49
  • KAREN N SALT, The Unfinished Revolution: Haiti, Black Sovereignty and Power in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World Liverpool University Press. (In Press.)

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