(anti)Blackness in American Metropolis (Audio)

(anti)Blackness in the American Metropolis was hosted in Baltimore, Maryland November 2-03, 2018 by Drs. Willie J. Wright, Adam Bledsoe, Yousuf Al-Bulushi. The gathering was meant to address the expression of (anti)Blackness in American cities and to bring together conversations in Black Studies and urban geography. Thanks to the generosity of Brian Williams and Akira Drake Rodriquez of AntiPod, the podcast for Antipode, some sessions were recorded and have been made available for a wider audience. Conversations are also available via twitter by searching #BlackMetropolis.

Please direct questions regarding these sessions and the symposium to: urbangeographysymposium@gmail.com


(Dis)placement and (Dis)possession

Dominic Moulden (ONE-DC)
“Radical Cartographers and Radical Organizing: Mapping Black Resistance to Displacement, Disposability, and Dispossession”

Akira Rodriguez (Univ of Pennsylvania – School of Design)
“The Limits of Black Feminist Representation in the Neoliberal Politics of Public Housing”

Brandi Summers (Virginia Commonwealth Univ – African American Studies) “The Corner: Spatial Aesthetics and Black Bodies in Place”

Municipal Movements and Public Policy

Akil Bukari (MXGM-Jackson)

Noel Didla (City of Jackson)

Arekia Bennett (Executive Director, Mississippi Votes)

Laboring and Surviving in the City

Kafui Attoh (CUNY – Urban Studies) “Uber’s Racial Strategy and Our Own”

Katie Wells (Georgetown Univ – Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor) “From Entrepreneurialism to Uberization: Urban Governance in the Age of Apps”


11/14/2018: Tennessee State University and Morgan State University – Collaborative GIS Day Forum

Tennessee State University and Morgan State University – Collaborative GIS Day Forum

Wednesday, November 14

“The Maps of Black Folk: Geospatial Technologies in Professional Practice and Student Career Mapping”  

Time/Activity (Eastern Time)

12:10PM–1:35PM  – Student GIS Project Presentations
World Regional Geography II Students — “Mapping Southwest Asia and South Asia Climate Data using the ESRI Story Maps Platform” (live stream –https://www.facebook.com/geomental)

Aaliyah Shannon and Joey Batts, TSU US Department of Energy Environmental Justice Fellows – “Geographic Information Systems Scoping Methods for Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) for Four Gulf Coast Environmental Justice Communities” (live stream – ZOOM https://zoom.us/j/3625482653  Meeting ID – 362-548-2653

1:45PM – 3:05 PM – Student GIS Project Presentations
(live stream – https://www.facebook.com/geomental)
World Regional Geography I Students – “Mapping Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Atmosphere Protocol Data using ArcGIS Online” – Live, interactive learning activity with students at Stratford STEM Magnet High School.

6:05PM – 6:15PM – Welcome & Purpose of GIS Day (live stream – ZOOM https://zoom.us/j/129164461 )
Linda Loubert, PhD Chairperson & Associate Professor Economics Department Morgan State University

6:15PM – 6:30PM – (live stream – ZOOM https://zoom.us/j/129164461 )
“The Maps of Black Folk: Red, Green and other Symbologies of Racial and Class (Dis)Empowerment,” Mark Barnes, PhD Associate Professor/Coordinator History, Geography, and Museum Studies Department Environmental Studies Program Morgan State University

6:30PM – 6:45PM – (live stream – ZOOM https://zoom.us/j/129164461 )
“Geospatial Technologies in Professional Practice,” Brian Ivey, MS, Senior GIS Project Manager Office of Innovation and Technology, The City of Philadelphia and Danielle Chanté Burke, MS GIS Technician PECO Energy

6:45PM – 7:15PM -(live stream – ZOOM https://zoom.us/j/129164461 )
“Student Career Mapping in Geospatial Technologies,” David Padgett, PhD Associate Professor & Director Geographic Information Sciences Laboratory Tennessee State University

7:15PM – 7:30PM – (live stream – ZOOM https://zoom.us/j/129164461 )
Q & A, Reginald Archer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Science,
Tennessee State University

8:00PM – GLOBE Mission Earth Webinar #2 – Using GLOBE Urban Heat Islands -Surface Temperature Field Campaign Data to develop a Research Question, Dr. David A. Padgett, Associate Professor of Geography, Tennessee State University

Description − Did you know that NASA uses your GLOBE data? Dr. David Padgett from Tennessee State University showcases the NASA satellites which collect surface temperature data and explains how that data is collected. In the teacher feature, Jeff Bouwman from Shumate Middle School, Gibraltar, MI will focus on how to get students to develop research questions. Dates & locations of GLOBE Research Symposia will be announced.

Register for the GLOBE Webinar here – https://zoom.us/meeting/register/8dda7b082013c71f7c24e00bf0acd2b8

Urban Geography Symposium – November 2-3, 2018

November 2-3, 2018, Drs. Willie Wright, Yousuf Al-Bulushi, and Adam Bledsoe will host an urban geography seminar in Baltimore, Maryland. The workshop, “(anti)Blackness in the American Metropolis,” is designed to address issues related to the condition of Blackness, Black people and communities in American cities, particularly majority Black cities. Our purpose for this gathering is to intervene in an interdisciplinary area of study (Black urbanism or the Black urban experience) that aside from key works by elder geographers (Bunge, Rose, Wilson) and more recent scholars (Derickson, Gilmore, McKittrick, Shabazz, Woods), is lacking in a sustained interest and analysis from the field of geography. Thus, we ask, what does it mean to propose, and how we one grapple with the idea, that “the neoliberal city” is an anti-Black city, or rather, is sustained by an anti-Black animus? And how are Black communities forging other modes of urban social life in these same spaces?

We welcome attendees to this free, two-day seminar. Sessions will include presentations from scholars and organizers from a variety of disciplines and locales. We will culminate the gathering with a keynote address by Ananya Roy at Red Emma’s Bookstore. The Black Geographies Specialty Group has generously offered to provide a travel award in the amount of $160 for a graduate student, adjunct faculty, or organizer/public intellectual attending the gathering.

We hope you accept our invitation and register here: https://goo.gl/Gnf2rC
Attached, you will find a flyer for the event and directions for how to apply for the travel award.
Willie J. Wright
Yousuf Al-Bulushi
Adam Bledsoe
Urban Geography Journal
Human Geography Journal
Black Geographies Specialty Group
Department of Geography, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Institute for Urban Research, Morgan State University