Black Geographies at the New Orleans AAG 2018

Black Geographies Specialty Group Calendar

Annual Conference of the American Association of Geographers
New Orleans, LA
April 9-April 14, 2018
(*** denotes BGSG-organized events)

 

Monday, April 9

Black Geographies Past and Present: A Visit to the Whitney Plantation and the Black Geographies City Tour (BGSG Field Trip)***
Monday, April 9
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Register for field trip via the AAG website

Tuesday, April 10


Geographies of Black Displacement Walking Tour
Tuesday, April 10
10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Register for field trip via the AAG website

African Life in the French Quarter Walking Tour
Tuesday, April 10
1:00 PM– 3:00 PM
Register for field trip via the AAG website

Jazz and Maps at the Mint
Tuesday, April 11
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Register for field trip via the AAG website

New Orleans Walking Tour: Public Education, Race, and Katrina
Tuesday, April 10
2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Register for field trip via the AAG website

Land justice in the city
Tuesday, April 10
8:00 AM-9:40 AM
Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor

As the South Goes… Racial Capitalism and Organizing Against the Plantation Regime in the U.S. South
Tuesday, April 10
8:00 AM-9:40 AM
Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Special Presentation by Dr. Perry Carter: Seeking those who are Absent yet ever Present — Representations of the Enslaved at Ghanaian and Louisianan Tourist Sites
Tuesday, April 10
10:00 AM-11:40 AM
Galerie 1, Marriott, 2nd Floor

Reflections on Berkeley Black Geographies 2017
Tuesday, April 10
12:40 PM-2:20 PM
Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Insurgent Black Geographies
Tuesday, April 10
2:40 PM-4:20 PM
Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Representations of the Black Spatial Imaginary
Tuesday, April 10
2:40 PM-4:20 PM
Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Workshop on Online Engagement for Minority Scholars (Part 1)
Tuesday, April 10
2:40 PM-4:20 PM
Oak Alley, Sheraton, 4th Floor

How Racism Takes Place: New Narratives of Race, Place and Geography, Session I
Tuesday, April 10
4:40 PM-6:20 PM
Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Workshop on Online Engagement for Minority Scholars (Part 2)
Tuesday, April 10
4:40 PM-6:20 PM
Oak Alley, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Centering Racial and Global Agrifood (In)Justice in Agrarian Practice
Tuesday, April 10
4:40 PM-6:20 PM
Rampart, Sheraton, 5th Floor

Presidential Plenary: “When the Big Easy Isn’t So Easy: Learning from New Orleans’ Geographies of Struggle” by Derek Alderman
Tuesday, April 10
6:30 PM- 8:30 PM
Grand Ballroom, 5th Floor, Sheraton

 

Wednesday, April 11

Zydeco, Gumbo, and Black Innovators: A Day Trip to Southwestern Louisiana Creole Country
Wednesday, April 11
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Register for field trip via the AAG website

Louisiana’s Historic River Road
Wednesday, April 11, 8:00 AM– 5:00 PM
Register for field trip via the AAG website

Geographies of Land//Liberation 1
Wednesday, April 11
8:00 AM-9:40 AM
Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Geographies of Land//Liberation 2
Wednesday, April 11
10:00-11:40 PM
Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Revisiting the Black Atlantic: The present and future of Black Geographies
Wednesday, April 11
10:00 AM-11:40 AM
Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Critical Race Geographies of New Orleans
Wednesday, April 11
10:00 AM-11:40 AM
Borgne Room, Sheraton, 3rd Floor

Ethnic Geography in the Trump Era: Diversity, Bigotry, and Activism
Wednesday, April 11
1:20 PM-3:00 PM
Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Where’s the Justice? Critical Approaches to Environmental Justice Research I: Anti-Colonial & Community Perspectives
Wednesday, April 11
1:20 PM-3:00 PM
Rampart, Sheraton, 5th Floor

Black Matters are Spatial Matters
Wednesday, April 11
1:20 PM-3:00 PM
Borgne Room, Sheraton, 3rd Floor

Where’s the Justice? Critical Approaches to Environmental Justice Research II: Governance, Risk, and Toxins
Wednesday, April 11
3:20 PM-5:00 PM
Rampart, Sheraton, 5th Floor

50th Anniversary of the MLK Assassination: Revisiting the Memory and Continuing Urgency of the African American Freedom Struggle
Wednesday, April 11
3:20 PM-5:00 PM
Borgne Room, Sheraton, 3rd Floor

How Racism Takes Place in the Academy: A Workshop on Structural Racism and Implicit Bias in the Ivory Tower
Wednesday, April 11
5:20 PM-7:00 PM
Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Where’s the Justice? Critical Approaches to Environmental Justice Research III: Spaces of Oppression & Resistance
Wednesday, April 11
5:20 PM-7:00 PM
Rampart, Sheraton, 5th Floor

Cultural Geography Specialty Group Marquee Address by Michael Crutcher
Wednesday, April 11
5:20 PM-7:00 PM
Borgne Room, Sheraton, 3rd Floor

 

Thursday, April 12

A People’s Guide to New Orleans: Resistance in the Treme
Thursday, April 12
10:00 PM– 12:00 PM
Register for field trip via the AAG website

Forty Years Later: Harold Rose’s Geographies of Despair and Contentious Sites of Belonging
Thursday, April 12
10:00 AM-11:40 AM
Napoleon C3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Tracing Black Queer Spatialities – #1
Thursday, April 12
10:00 AM-11:40 AM
Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Reflections on Black Europe
Thursday, April 12
10:00 AM-11:40 AM
Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Black Geographies Specialty Group Mentorship Panel***
Thursday, April 12
1:20 PM-3:00 PM
Napoleon C3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Tracing Black Queer Spatialities – #2
Thursday, April 12
1:20 PM-3:00 PM
Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Latinx Geographies I: Urban Politics and Resistance
Thursday, April 12
1:20 PM-3:00 PM
Edgewood AB, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Latinx Geographies II: Borders, Migration and Activism
Thursday, April 12
3:20 PM-5:00 PM
Edgewood AB, Sheraton, 4th Floor

Robert Bullard’s Plenary Talk: “The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice: Why Race and Place Still Matter.”
Thursday, April 12
3:20 PM – 5:00 PM
Grand Ballroom A-C, 5th Floor, Sheraton

A Conversation on Black Spatial Imaginaries with George Lipsitz
Thursday, April 12
5:20 PM-7:00 PM
Napoleon C3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Latinx Geographies III: Envisioning Alternatives
Thursday, April 12
5:20 PM-7:00 PM
Edgewood AB, Sheraton, 4th Floor

 

Friday, April 13

Interpreting Slavery at River Road Plantations
Friday, April 13, 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Register for Field Trip via the AAG website

 

Abolition Ecologies 1
Friday, April 13
8:00 AM-9:40 AM
Napoleon C3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

 

Abolition Ecologies 2
Friday, April 13
10:00 AM-11:40 AM
Napoleon C3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Decolonization Epistemologies: Black Women Creating Space Between the Words
Friday, April 13
10:00 AM-11:40 AM
Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Black Geographies Specialty Group Business Meeting***
Friday, April 13
11:50 AM-1:10 PM
Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Author Meets Critics: Peter J. Hudson’s Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean
Friday, April 13
1:20 PM-3:00 PM
Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

How Racism Takes Place: New Narratives of Race, Place and Geography, Session II
Friday, April 13
1:20 PM-3:00 PM
Napoleon C3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Value-Based Praxis in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Action for Social and Environmental Equity I
Friday, April 13
1:20 PM-3:00 PM
Napoleon A2, Sheraton, 3rd Floor

Back to the City: Food, Gentrification, and Displacement
Friday, April 14
1:20 PM-3:00 PM
Bayside B, Sheraton, 4th Floor

White Supremacy and the (Re)Making of America
Friday, April 13
1:20 PM-3:00 PM
Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor

How Racism Takes Place: New Narratives of Race, Place and Geography, Session III
Friday, April 13
3:20 PM-5:00 PM
Napoleon C3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Author Meets Critics – Ted Rutland’s Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax
Friday, April 13
3:20 PM-5:00 PM
Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Value-Based Praxis in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Action for Social and Environmental Equity II
Friday, April 13
3:20 PM-5:00 PM
Napoleon A2, Sheraton, 3rd Floor

Black Geographies Specialty Group Inaugural Plenary by DJ Lynnée Denise***
Friday, April 13
5:20 PM-7:00 PM
Napoleon C3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Capitalism Nature Socialism Keynote: Land, Autonomy, and Inclusivity in the Tiny House Strategy
Friday, April 13
5:20 PM-7:00 PM
Astor Ballroom III, Astor, 2nd Floor

 

Saturday, April 14

Revolutionary Methodologies: Strategies and Implications of Challenging Hegemonic Knowledge Production
Saturday, April 14
8:00 AM-9:40 AM
Studio 6, Marriott, 2nd Floor

 

Space, Place and Music: New Research in the Study of Geography and Music
Saturday, April 14
10:00 AM-11:40 AM
Napoleon B2, Sheraton 3rd Floor

Changing Face of Harlem: Documentary Screening
Saturday, April 14
10:00 AM-11:40 AM
Napoleon B3, Sheraton 3rd Floor

New Perspectives on Mediterranean Integration I: Identity, Citizenship, Belonging
Saturday, April 14
2:00 PM-3:40 PM
Napoleon A1, Sheraton, 3rd Floor

Clyde Woods’ Development Drowned and Reborn: The Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans
Saturday, April 14
2:00 PM-3:40 PM
Maurepas, Sheraton, 3rd Floor

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2018 BGSG Travel and Paper Awards

Dear BGSG community,

The executive committee is pleased to announce two graduate student awards in advance of the 2018 AAG Annual Meeting:

Clyde Woods Black Geographies Specialty Group Graduate Student Paper Award

The Clyde Woods Black Geographies Graduate Student Paper Award is given to the best paper on a Black geographies topic written by an MA or PhD student, who is a BGSG member. One (1) award will be given each year. 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.
DeadlineMarch 23, 2018

Black Geographies Specialty Group Graduate Student Travel Award
The Black Geographies Specialty Group graduate student travel awards will be given to support graduate student travel to present a paper on a Black geographies topic at the AAG annual meeting. This competition is open to all MA/MS/PhD students. One (1) award to offset the cost of the student registration ($155.00) fee will be given.
DeadlineMarch 23, 2018

Detailed application instructions for both awards are available here.

Call for Graduate Student Participants: Race, Environment and Spirituality Mini-Workshop

From Dr. Priscilla McCutcheon (University of Louisville) and Dr. Ellen Kohl (St. Mary’s College of Maryland)

We are looking for a few more graduate students to participate in our upcoming Antipode Foundation funded conference: “Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters:” The role of spirituality in African American Environmental Activism.  We will host the conference from March 1-3, 2018 at the University of Louisville.

 

This conference brings together activists, spiritual leaders, and academics to explore the intersections of race, environmental activism and spirituality. From the times of slavery through the Civil Rights movement, spirituality has played a critical role in the radical activism of African Americans in the U.S. At the same time, spirituality has remained an understudied component of environmental activism.  Through this conference, we intend to explore the role of spirituality among African Americans in environmental activism, and in the process, expand our understanding of environmental activism.

 

The conference will begin with an opening reception followed by a panel sessions where academics, activist, and spiritual leaders will explore the core questions of the conference:

 

  1. How does spirituality influence African American involvement in environmental activism?
  2. What specific spiritual expressions do we see in African American environmentalism?
  3. How do African Americans spiritual engagement with the environment helps us to expand our definition of spirituality more broadly?
  4. How does an engagement with spirituality expand our understanding of what activism is?

 

The conference will build on the themes introduced in the opening panel.  It will be devoted to idea sharing, paper presenting, and collaborative learning.  Conference participants will workshop papers or sermons prepared in advance by conference participants.  We will also have plenty of opportunities for people to share best practices and vision for the future.  The conference will conclude with a vision session for the future where both academic goals and community based goals will be discussed.  The conference is organized around regional clusters to help to facilitate work beyond the conference.

 

Participants will write a 750-1000 paper on the above themes related their work in environmental justice, food justice, or conservation. We are interested in scholars who are working closely with activists or spiritual organizations for their dissertation work.

 

If you are interested, please submit a 200-word abstract by January 23rd for a potential worship paper to priscilla.mccutcheon@louisville.edu or eakohl@smcm.edu

 

This work is supported by an International Workshop Award from the Antipode Foundation. Limited travel funding is available.

 

Thanks!

Priscilla and Ellen

Call for Chapter Proposals–Unknowable: Geography and Black Feminisms

Title: Unknowable: Geography and Black Feminisms

 

Editor: LaToya E. Eaves, Middle Tennessee State University

 

Expressions of interest are invited to contribute to an edited book on Black Feminist Geographies.

 

Unknowable: Geography and Black Feminisms articulates the empirical and philosophical work of Black women and Black feminisms in geography. The edited volume engenders a discussion concerning the legacies, trajectories, and possibilities of Black feminist intellectual and political traditions in geography. Black feminist geographies draw upon the conceptual and material underpinnings of Black feminisms and, in doing so, recognizes Black feminisms’ intellectual and physical necessity in the production of spatial knowledge. Katherine McKittrick’s seminal work Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle (2006) unsilenced the interplay of Black feminist thought and space, therefore disrupting geography’s complicit violence against Black women and Black geographies – through objectification, displacement, dismissal, and erasure.  Given the widespread use of Black feminist thought and Black women’s spatialties in and beyond geography and building on the “Legacies of Black Feminisms” sessions at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, the text will work against the commodification of Black women’s geographies and Black feminist thought through raw engagement with the roots/routes of Black feminisms, physical materialities, and imaginative configurations., the book will posit what Black feminisms can offer for understanding the workings of racism and racial capitalism; liberatory praxis and theory; and political and economic decolonization.

 

Potential chapter topics include:

  • Centralizing Black womanhood in geographic knowledge production
  • Black feminist frameworks in geographic research and/or the use of Black feminist thought in challenging critical methods/epistemologies in geography
  • Gendered perspectives in racialized state violence, police brutality, and national acts of terror (prison industrial complex, the Charleston massacre, Charlottesville, etc.)
  • Black feminist utility in deconstructing social structures – racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, classism, xenophobia – and largely perpetuated in/through patriarchy, imperialism, white supremacy, and capitalism
  • Black feminist geopolitical strategies
  • Queer critiques of and contributions to Black feminist articulations of home, territory and space
  • African diasporic feminisms, Black internationalist feminisms, and/or postcolonial feminisms in geography
  • Empirical and theoretical linkages and disjunctures between/among Black feminist thought and women of color feminisms

The book will have an international and transdisciplinary focus to represent the range of approaches and perspectives on Black feminist geographies. Independent scholars, educators, practitioners, and graduate students across disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for consideration. Chapter proposal submissions should be in the form of: a 200-word author bio, chapter title, and chapter abstract (400-500 words).

The book is being published with verbal interest by a top academic press.

Please respond by: October 15, 2017 to: latoya.eaves@gmail.com 

 

Recommended Readings

  • Alexander, M. J. 2006. Pedagogies of crossing: Meditations on feminism, sexual politics, memory, and the sacred.
  • Cooper, B. 2017. Beyond respectability: The intellectual thought of race women.
  • Collins, P. H. 2008. Black feminist thought: Knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment.
  • Combahee River Collective. 1978. The Combahee River collective statement: Black feminist organizing in the seventies and eighties.
  • Da Silva, D. F. 2014. “Toward a black feminist poethics: The quest(ion) of blackness towards the end of the world”. The Black Scholar, 44 (2).
  • Davis, A. 1983. Women, race, and class.
  • hooks, b. 1995. Killing rage: Ending racism.
  • ——–. 1999. Ain’t I a woman: Black women and feminism
  • Lorde, A. 1984. Sister outsider.
  • McKittrick, Katherine, ed. 2014. Sylvia Wynter: On being human as praxis
  • ———. 2006. Demonic grounds: Black women and the cartographies of struggle
  • Mirza, H. S., ed. 1997. Black British feminism: A reader.
  • Sexton, J. 2010. Racial theories in context
  • ———. 2008. Amalgamation schemes: Antiblackness and the critique of multiracialism.
  • Sharpe, C. 2016. In the wake: On blackness and being
  • Spillers, H. J. 1987. “Mama’s baby, papa’s maybe: An American grammar book.” Diacritics17(2), 64–81.
  • Spillers, H., Hartman, S., Griffin, F. J., Eversley, S., & Morgan, J. L. 2007. “Whatcha gonna do? Revisiting “Mama’s baby, papa’s maybe: An American grammar book.” Women’s Studies Quarterly35(1/2), 299–309.
  • Vargas, J. 2012.  “Gendered Antiblackness and the impossible Brazilian project: Emerging critical black Brazilian studies.” Cultural Dynamics24(1), 3-11.
  • Walker, A. 1983. In search of our mother’s gardens: Womanist prose.
  • Wilderson, F. B. 2010. Red, white & black: Cinema and the structure of U.S. antagonisms.
  • Weheliye, A. G. 2014. Habeas viscus: Racializing assemblages, biopolitics, and black feminist theories of the human.
  • Wynter, S. 1990. “Beyond Miranda’s meanings: Un/silencing the ‘Demonic Ground’ of Caliban’s ‘Woman’.” Out of the Kumbla: Caribbean Women and Literature: 355-72.

 

Black Geographies Bibliography: Fall 2016-Summer 2017

Here’s a bibliography of recent Black Geographies work.  A PDF version is also available here: 2016-2017 Black Geographies Bibliography

Be sure to share any recent work with the Black Geographies Google Group: blackgeographies@googlegroups.com

Black Geographies Bibliography: Fall 2016-Summer 2017

Barron, Melanie. 2017. “Remediating a Sense of Place: Memory and Environmental Justice in Anniston, Alabama.” Southeastern Geographer 57 (1): 62–79.

Bledsoe, Adam. 2017. “Marronage as a Past and Present Geography in the Americas.” Southeastern Geographer. 57 (1): 30–50.

Bledsoe, Adam, Latoya E. Eaves, and Brian Williams. 2017. “Introduction: Black Geographies in and of the United States South.” Southeastern Geographer 57 (1): 6–11.

Blevins, Steven. 2016. Living Cargo: How Black Britain Performs Its Past. 349 pp. Minneapolis, MN: U of Minnesota P.

Calvente, Lisa B. Y. 2017. “From the Rotten Apple to the State of Empire: Neoliberalism, Hip Hop, and New York City’s Crisis.” Souls 19 (2): 126–43.

Cooper, Brittney C. 2017. Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women. University of Illinois Press.

Craft, Renée Alexander. 2017. “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.” Souls 19 (1): 91–107.

Domosh, Mona. 2017. “Genealogies of Race, Gender, and Place.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 107 (3): 765–78.

Eaves, Latoya E. 2017. “Black Geographic Possibilities: On a Queer Black South.” Southeastern Geographer 57 (1): 80–95.

Harris, Rosalind, and Heather Hyden. 2017. “Geographies of Resistance Within the Black Belt South.” Southeastern Geographer 57 (1): 51–61.

Hawthorne, Camilla. 2017. “In Search of Black Italia.” Transition, no. 123: 152–74.

Hawthorne, Camilla, and Brittany Meché. 2016. “Making Room for Black Feminist Praxis in Geography.” Society and Space. September 30. https://societyandspace.com/material/commentaries/camilla-hawthorne-and-brittany-meche-making-room-for-black-feminist-praxis-in-geography/.

Kelley, Robin D. G. 2017. “What Did Cedric Robinson Mean by Racial Capitalism?” Boston Review, January. http://bostonreview.net/race/robin-d-g-kelley-what-did-cedric-robinson-mean-racial-capitalism.

Kitada, Eri. 2016. “Commemorating Racial Violence: Street Naming and Segregation in New York City, 1999.” NANZAN REVIEW OF AMERICAN STUDIES 38: 21–34.

Krupar, Shiloh, and Nadine Ehlers. 2017. “Biofutures: Race and the Governance of Health.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 35 (2): 222–40.

Leeuuw, Sarah de, and Briar Craig. 2017. “Mapping Justice with Letter Press Printing: The Bold Type Work of Amos Kennedy.” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 16 (1): 138–48.

McKittrick, Katherine. 2017. “Commentary: Worn out.” Southeastern Geographer 57 (1): 96–100.

Mollett, Sharlene. 2017. “Celebrating Critical Geographies of Latin America: Inspired by an NFL Quarterback.” Journal of Latin American Geography 16 (1): 165.

Montero, Carla Maria Guerrón. 2017. “‘To Preserve Is to Resist’: Threading Black Cultural Heritage from within in Quilombo Tourism.” Souls 19 (1): 75–90.

Olund, Eric. 2017. “Multiple Racial Futures: Spatio-Temporalities of Race during World War I.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 35 (2): 281–98.

Rodriguez, Akira Drake. 2016. “Remaking Black Political Spaces for Black Liberation.” Metropolitics, December. https://www.metropolitiques.eu/Remaking-Black-Political-Spaces.html.

Shields, Tanya. 2017. “Magnolia Longing: The Plantation Tour as Palimpsest.” Souls 19 (1): 6–23.

Slocum, Karla. 2017a. “Black Towns and the Civil War: Touring Battles of Race, Nation, and Place.” Souls 19 (1): 59–74.

———. 2017b. “Guest Editor’s Note.” Souls 19 (1): 1–5.

Smith, Sara, and Pavithra Vasudevan. 2017. “Race, Biopolitics, and the Future: Introduction to the Special Section.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 35 (2): 210–21.

Smith, Sarah Stefana. 2016. “Towards a Poetics of Bafflement.” University of Toronto.

Sziarto, Kristin M. 2017. “Whose Reproductive Futures? Race-Biopolitics and Resistance in the Black Infant Mortality Reduction Campaigns in Milwaukee.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 35 (2): 299–318.

Thomson Jr., Raymond (Profiling Jonathan Hall). 2017. “In Human Hands: The Future of the California Condor.” http://wvumag.wvu.edu/features/in-human-hands-the-future-of-the-california-condor.

Towns, Armond R. 2017. “The ‘Lumpenproletariat’s Redemption’: Black Radical Potentiality and LA Gang Tours.” Souls 19 (1): 39–58.

Williams, Bianca C. 2017. “‘Giving Back’ to Jamaica: Experiencing Community and Conflict While Traveling with Diasporic Heart.” Souls 19 (1): 24–38.

Williams, Brian. 2017. “Articulating Agrarian Racism: Statistics and Plantationist Empirics.” Southeastern Geographer 57 (1): 12–29.

Williamson, Terrion L. 2016. Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life. Oxford University Press.

Woods, Clyde. 2017a. Development Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi Delta (with an Introduction by Ruth Gilmore). 2nd ed. Verso Books.

———. 2017b. Development Drowned and Reborn: The Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Edited by Laura Pulido and Jordan Camp. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.

Wright, Willie Jamaal. 2017. “Memorial for Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2016.” Southeastern Geographer 57 (1): 1–3.

 

Black Geographies: Insurgent Knowledge, Spatial Poetics, and the Politics of Blackness (CFP)

Black Geographies: Insurgent Knowledge, Spatial Poetics, and the Politics of Blackness

A symposium hosted by the Geography Department at the University of California, Berkeley

Organizers: Dr. Jovan Lewis, Dr. Sharad Chari, Camilla Hawthorne, Kaily Heitz

October 11-13, 2017
UC Berkeley

CFP Deadline: June 16, 2017

Black liberation movements around the world, from the streets of Oakland and Ferguson to the shores of southern Europe, have focused international conversations among activists, academics, and artists on the importance of blackness to the geographical imagination. Importantly, this dialogue has elucidated the possibilities of blackness not only as a tool for understanding whiteness, non-being, and social/physical death, but also as a radical framework for envisioning liberation, social justice, and reconstruction. We invite our colleagues to Black Geographies to discuss the possibilities of interdisciplinary work oriented on black geographic thought. This symposium offers geography in general, and black geographies specifically, as capacious fields of inquiry that invite historical, political economic, sociological, and artistic perspectives–as well as a range of “established” and alternative methodologies.

The double valence of our use of “black geographies” refers both to the ways that geography can be used to understand the complex, overlapping spatialities of black life and the stretching of geographical knowledge that takes place when scholars consciously center questions of race and blackness. Katherine McKittrick’s important interventions, for instance, employ the concept of “poetics” to describe those landscapes and places that have been narratively and counter-conceptually created with blackness as their source.

The symposium will be organized around the following set of interrelated questions:

•   What are the processes by which racial-spatial inequalities are reproduced and contested? How do we create a black geographic praxis that is equally attentive to the political economic and the poetic; to the ecological and the quotidian?

•   How can an empirically rigorous and critical approach to spatiality contribute to conversations about fungibility, the legacies of enslavement, and diasporic coordinates stretching beyond the Black Atlantic?

•   How can centering Blackness and racism transform the way that we think about spatiality and power, and what can this move bring to cross-disciplinary understanding of the current political climate? And, how does centering blackness across disciplines using a geographic framework point to new possibilities for liberation and change?

 

This symposium will be an intimate, focused discussion on the above topics, through which we will collectively articulate a vision for the field of black geographies. As such, applicants should select one prompt and provide a written abstract of 250-300 words that outlines their response (please note: if accepted, you may be asked to sit on a panel that addresses any one of the questions listed above, not just the prompt you have chosen). Abstracts will be anonymously peer reviewed and are due by June 16th. We will respond to you with our decision in mid-July.

 

Please submit abstracts to berkeleyblackgeography@gmail.com and include your name, position, affiliation, and contact information.

Black Geographies Specialty Group Officers

During the AAG in Boston, we elected our inaugural slate of officers. Presenting the leadership team: 

Chair (2017-2020) – LaToya Eaves

Vice Chair (2017-2019) – Jovan Lewis

Secretary-Treasurer (2017-2019) – Camilla Hawthorne

Communication Directors (2017-2019) – Willie Jamaal Wright, Brian Williams, Matthew Cook

Student Representatives – Pavithra Vasudevan (2017-2018), Sophonie Bazile and Mae Miller (2017-2019)

Stay tuned for more from Black Geographies!