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Graduate Student Research Showcase

The graduate students in the American Studies program at Purdue produce forward-thinking original scholarship and creative productions that push the boundaries of American Studies as a field, as well as that of the various disciplines with which they engage. This page regularly showcases these young scholars and their current interdisciplinary research. 

Kadari Taylor-Watson

My graduate research uses African printed textiles as a lens to understand the transnational relationship between Black women in the African diaspora. Specifically, I draw on qualitative methods to delve deep into the lives of Black women designers and consumers, to reveal the contemporary symbolic meanings and uses of African print, for African American women and Ghanaian women. By putting these two groups of Black women in conversation, my project seeks to illuminate, how design and consumption, work together to redefine global Black womanhood. This project also considers seriously the role of the digital as a space for Black women to assert their individual and collective identity on a international level. Furthermore by concluding my work using auto ethnography as a developing fashion and textile designer, I aim to critically engage questions of authenticity and cultural appropriation and subsequently find my own voice within the global African print market.



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