#MariellePresente: A Joint Statement of Solidarity

Como coletivo comprometido com focalizar a negritude e como um povo com consciência global, convidamos a prestar solidariedade ao Movimento Negro e ao povo brasileiro após os assassinatos da vereadora do Rio de Janeiro Marielle Franco e seu motorista, Anderson Pedro Gomes, na noite do dia 14 de março deste ano. A vereadora Marielle Franco estava saindo de um evento de empoderamento das mulheres negras quando um carro se aproximou e um atirador disparou treze tiros, assassinando ela e seu motorista. As mídias locais mostram que as munições usadas para matar Marielle e Anderson foram compradas em 2006 pela Polícia Federal.

A vereadora Marielle Franco era uma ativista política radical, negra e bissexual, voz do povo das favelas do Rio de Janeiro. Ela era mãe, membro do Partido de Socialismo e Liberdade (PSOL), defensora dos direitos da mulher, militante da igualdade LGBT, e bem conhecida por seu trabalho social nas favelas. Durante anos, ela denunciou abertamente a brutalidade policial recorrente contra as populações mais marginalizadas da cidade. Nascida e criada no complexo das favelas da Maré, as perspectivas progressistas da Marielle levaram-na a conquistar o cargo de vereadora em 2016. Ela era a única mulher negra em uma Câmara de 51 representantes.

Dias antes do seu assassinato, a vereadora Marielle Franco foi nomeada relatora da comissão responsável por acompanhar a intervenção federal na segurança pública do Rio de Janeiro recentemente decretada pelo presidente Michel Temer. A intervenção militar era uma tentativa para conter a onda de violência. Em vez disso, o resultado tem sido a aterrorização dos mais marginalizados da cidade através de táticas que incluem a invasão de casas nas favelas. Um dos últimos posts da vereadora Franco em mídia social denunciou a morte de um negro jovem, Matheus Melo, que foi baleado durante uma agressão policial nas favelas.

Nós entendemos estes assassinatos como parte de um fenômeno global de anti-negritude, que se manifesta através de violência cotidiana contra o povo Negro, a supressão de vozes políticas Negras, o deslocamento de terras Negras, a exploração do trabalho Negro, o apagamento de culturas e histórias Negras, e a violência sexual e de gênero contra as mulheres Negras, queers e pessoas trans. Tais atrocidades nunca nos calarão ou impedirão nossa luta pela libertação Negra.

Escrevemos em solidariedade com as dezenas de milhares de pessoas que foram às ruas em luto e luta em mais de 20 cidades no Brasil, e também com inúmeros indivíduos e organizações Negros, queer, e feministas que continuam se comprometendo com a vida e libertação Negra. Agora, mais que nunca, este coletivo se compromete a ser um veículo de estímulo à reflexão crítica sobre os assuntos, os processos, as qualidades intrínsecas, e as interconexões que moldam as vidas e geografias Negras em escalas locais, nacionais, continentais, e internacionais. Os legados do colonialismo e o imperialismo tem contribuído para a exploração de afrodescendentes e para as propriedades estruturais e sociais do racismo anti-Negro no Brasil. Devemos, portanto, nos dedicar a lutar contra e criar alternativas a essas heranças destrutivas.

Em solidariedade,

As Comissões Especiais de Geografias Negras, Perspectivas Geográficas sobre Mulheres (GPOW), América Latina, Geografias Latinx e Espaço e Sexualidade da Associação Americana de Geógrafos

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As a collective committed to centering Blackness and as global people of conscience, we call for solidarity with the Black Movement and the people of Brazil following the assassinations of Rio de Janeiro City Councilwoman, Marielle Franco, and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, on the night of March 14, 2018. Councilwoman Franco was driving back from a Black women’s empowerment event when a car drove up alongside hers, and shot into her car thirteen times, killing her and her driver. Local reporting shows that the ammunition used to kill Councilwoman Franco and Mr. Gomes was linked to the Federal Police.

Councilwoman Franco was a radical Black lesbian activist-politician who was a voice of the poor of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. She was a mother, a member of the leftist Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL), a women’s rights activist, a LGBT equality campaigner, and was known for her social work in the favelas. For years, she openly denounced the police brutality that was all too common against the city’s most marginalized populations. A product of the favela complex of Maré, Councilwoman Franco’s progressive views won her the vote as a city councilwoman in 2016. She was the only Black female representative on a City Council of 51 members.

Several days before her assassination, Councilwoman Franco was appointed as the rapporteur of a commission responsible for inspecting the recent military intervention decreed by president Michel Temer. The federal military intervention was a measure meant to curb rising violence. Instead it has resulted in the terrorization of the city’s poor via tactics that include the invasion of homes in the favelas. One of Councilwoman Franco’s last posts on social media suggested that the death of a young Black man, Matheus Melo, was the result of overly aggressive policing in these favela raids.

We understand these slayings to be a part of a global phenomenon of anti-Blackness, manifested through routine violence against Black peoples, suppression of Black political voices,  displacement from Black lands, exploitation of Black labor, erasure of Black cultures and histories, and gender and sexual violence against Black women, queer and transgender people. Such atrocities will never silence us or stop our fight for Black liberation. 

We write in solidarity with the tens of thousands who took to the streets in mourning and protest across more than 20 cities in Brazil, as well as the countless other Black, queer, and feminist individuals and organizations that continue to commit themselves to the cause of Black life and liberation. Now, more than ever, we commit this collective to be a vehicle for encouraging critical reflection on the issues, processes, intrinsic qualities, and interconnections that shape Black lives and geographies on local, national, continental, and international scales. The legacies of colonialism and imperialism have long contributed to exploitation of African descendants and the structural and social properties of anti-Black racism in Brazil. We must, therefore, devote ourselves to struggling against, and creating alternatives to, these destructive inheritances.

In solidarity,

The Black Geographies, Geographic Perspectives on Women, Latin America, Latinx Geographies, and Sexuality and Space Specialty Groups
American Association of Geographers

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Como colectivo comprometido con centrar la negritud y como gente global de consciencia, convocamos a la solidaridad con el Movimiento Negro y el pueblo brasileño tras los asesinatos de la Representante del Consejo Municipal de Río de Janeiro, Marielle Franco, y su chofer, Anderson Pedro Gomes, la noche del 14 de marzo del presente año. La Representante Franco regresaba de un evento celebrando el empoderamiento de la mujer negra cuando un automóvil  se le acercó y personas desconocidas dispararon trece veces, matándola a ella y a su chofer. Noticieros locales reportaron que las municiones utilizadas en el asesinato de ambos fueron compradas en 2006 por la Policía Federal.

Marielle Franco era una activista-política radical, lesbiana y Negra, quien hablaba en representación de los pobres de las favelas de Río de Janeiro. Era una madre, miembro del Partido Socialismo y Libertad (PSOL), activista de los derechos de la mujer y LGBTQ y conocida por su trabajo social en las favelas. Desde hace años, denunciaba abiertamente la brutalidad policiaca que es demasiado común en contra de la población marginalizada de la ciudad. Nacida y crecida en el complejo de favelas de Maré, su visión progresista le ganó los votos para que fuera elegida como miembro del Consejo Municipal en 2016. Era la única mujer negra representante en un Consejo de 51 miembros.

Algunos días antes de su asesinato, Franco fue nombrada como relatora de una comisión responsable de investigar la intervención militar reciente decretada por el presidente Michel Temer. La intervención fue un intento de disminuir el aumento de la violencia. Sin embargo, esta sirve para aterrorizar a los residentes pobres, a través de tácticas como la invasión de casas en las favelas. Uno de los últimos comunicados de la representante en los medios sociales indicaba que la muerte de un joven negro, Matheus Melo, era el resultado de la agresión policiaca durante las redadas de las favelas.

Entendemos estos asesinatos como parte de un fenómeno global de anti-negritud, manifestado a través de la violencia cotidiana contra los pueblos negros, la represión de voces políticas negras, el desplazamiento de tierras negras, la explotación del trabajo negro, la ocultación de culturas y historias negras, la violencia de género y sexo contra mujeres, queers y personas trans. Queremos dejar claro que no hay ninguna atrocidad que pueda silenciarnos o parar nuestras luchas por la libertad negra.

Escribimos en solidaridad con las miles de personas quienes tomaron las calles en protesta en más de 20 ciudades en Brasil, tanto como innumerables organizaciones negras, queer, y feministas que continúan comprometiéndose con la causa de la vida y liberación negra. Ahora, más que nunca, nos comprometemos como colectivo como vehículo para facilitar la reflexión crítica sobre los asuntos, procesos, calidades y nexos que están creando vidas y geografías negras en escalas locales, nacionales, continentales y globales. El legado del colonialismo e imperialismo han contribuido a la explotación de descendientes de África y a un racismo anti-negro en Brasil. Tenemos que dedicarnos a luchar en contra de, y crear alternativas a, esta herencia destructiva.

En solidaridad,

The Black Geographies, Geographic Perspectives on Women, Latin America, Latinx Geographies, and Sexuality and Space Specialty Groups
American Association of Geographers

 

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

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.