Where Blackness Meets the Sea: On Crisis, Culture, and the Black Mediterranean is a book-length project that focuses on representations of blackness, femininity, and mobility in Black Italian, postcolonial, and migrant writing as well as in popular culture and social movements from 1985 to 2020. This project employs literary, historical, and geopolitical analysis to theorize Black belonging in relation to the contemporary literary canon, state-oriented citizenship, and white supremacist ethnonationalism. SA Smythe also generates ethnographic readings of sites of loss including the deaths of Black refugees and asylum-seekers beyond the Mediterranean Sea to underscore intertwined Black and migrant social movements in the Mediterranean and across Africa and its diaspora. This work contributes to interventions are increasingly necessary when considering the Mediterranean’s reputation as one of the world’s deadliest seas and most murderous border crossings. Smythe reads literature of the Black Mediterranean to lend historical consciousness to the “crisis of migration” and fascist resurgence across Europe.