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Misa Dayson

Contact Information

Email    mdayson@ucla.edu
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Fields of Study

Sociocultural Anthropology


Media and visual anthropology; Diaspora studies; German Studies; cultural production; space; place; race; and memory


2016. "Black Intervention: Critical Dialogs in Spaces of Performance." Black Diaspora and Germany. Edited by Robbie Aitken, Cassandra Ellerbe-Dueck, and Damani Partridge. Berlin: German Research Foundation (Manuscript submitted for publication).

2015. "50 Years Later: The Visual Legacies and Challenges of the Civil Rights Movement." Contemporary And. May.: 60-61. Print. 

2012. “Imagine Us There: Radical. Art. People. Spaces.” The Little Book of Big Visions: How to be an Artist and Revolutionize the World. Edited by Sandrine Micossé Aikins and Sharon Dodua Otto. 32-53. Berlin: Edition Assemblage.

Grants and Awards

2015: UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship
2014: UCLA Graduate Division Research Travel Grant
2012: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation German Chancellor Fellowship 
2011: German Academic Exchange Service German Studies Research Grant 
2011: German Academic Exchange Service Intensive Language Studies Grant (declined) 
2011: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 
2011: UCLA Graduate Summer Mentorship Program 
2011: Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (honorable mention) 
2010: UCLA Summer Travel and Research Grant 
2009: Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship

Conference Presentations

“Confronting the After-Life of Coloniality in Visual Representations of Blackness in Germany”; The Convergence of Performance, Race, and Changing (Trans)National Subjectivities; American Anthropological Association; Denver, CO; November 2015

“Linking German Cultural Institutions to Neoliberal Multiculturalism”' Race Displays: Presentation And Performance In the Black Atlantic; Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora; Charleston, SC; November 2015

“Art Activism in Berlin and the Construction of German Plural Identities"; Citizenship at The Limits: Confronting The Disarticulations Of Membership And Equality; American Anthropological Association; Washington, DC; December 2014

“Inside-out/Outside-in: Black Cultural Producers, Privilege, and Margins”; Black Artists Retreat. Theaster Gates, Carrie Mae Weems, Sarah Workneh, and Eliza Myrie Network; Chicago, IL; August 2014

"Divorcing Fascism and Racism: A Critical Re-reading of "The Origins of Totalitarianism"; Black Portraiture[s]: The Black Body in the West Conference; New York University, Harvard University; Paris, France; January, 2013

"My Compliment/ My Enemy: The Spectacle of Blackness and Art"; Performance, Performers, Authenticity, and "Black" Popular Culture in Germany: From the 19th Century to Now Workshop; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Young Scholars Network Black Diaspora and Germany; Berlin, 2012


Jessica Cattelino
Fatima El-Tayeb (UCSD, Literature and Ethnic Studies) 
Sherry B. Ortner, chair 
Todd Presner (UCLA Germanic Languages)
Mariko Tamanoi


B.A. African American Studies and Film Studies, Wesleyan University
M.A. Anthropology, University of California Los Angeles
Ph.D. Candidate, University of California Los Angeles (2012)