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2020 Clyde Woods Black Geographies Specialty Group Graduate Student Paper Award Winner

April 22, 2020

On behalf of the 2020 Clyde Woods Black Geographies Specialty Group Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, the Board is pleased to announce that this year’s winner is Kaily Heitz, with a paper titled “Unfolding the Frame: The Geographic Matter of Black Life, Image and Form.” Kaily is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley and a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow. In this promising work, the author argues that the imaginaries of Oakland as a Black space in the midst of advancing gentrification and displacement must be explored simultaneously as the commoditized form that facilitates development, and as a formulation of Black struggle and refusal. This essay looks specifically at the photographic image as a Black space through which Oakland is (re)produced in order to understand how circulated media images navigate contradicting claims to space, and the ambiguity between the identity and lived experience of a place.

Congratulations to Kaily Heitz from the Black Geographies Specialty Group Executive Board!

The goal of the BGSG Graduate Student Paper Award is to honor the legacy of late scholar Dr. Clyde Woods by supporting graduate students whose work focuses on Black geographies. Woods invested his time in the intellectual life of Black studies and with Black scholars, particularly students. Woods was known for providing intellectual validity to students who were unable to divorce embodied and alternative knowledge systems from their scholarship. Instead, Woods mentored students towards scholarly interventions that deciphered new practices and social visions. In the wake of Woods’ passing, his legacy has permeated a new generation of Black Geographies scholars. As with the students Woods mentored directly, this generation is working towards the transformation of scientific inquiry, resisting the exclusion of indigenous intellectual traditions of Black landscapes and geographic thought found in their projects. The award winner will work with Antipode’s Editorial Collective to prepare their paper for peer review and, if successful, publication as an open-access article in the journal Antipode. Throughout this process, the author will receive mentorship from a senior scholar on the Antipode team. Antipode will also host a forum about the paper on the platform, inviting two scholars to write responses

Black Geographies: RECORDED

On this page, the Black Geographies Specialty Group of the AAG will post audio and video recordings of importance to the Black Geographies community. We intend for this archive to eventually contain interviews and oral histories from Black geographers, clips from particularly relevant AAG or other conference papers and panels, and commentary on issues related to Black Geographies.

Recording of Dr. Clyde Woods speaking during a panel on “Neil Smith’s Uneven Development 25 Years Later”. This session took place at the 2009 annual meeting of the AAG in Las Vegas. Thanks to Dr. Nik Heynen for providing the audio.

Click to listen to the recorded discussion.

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