Refusals

Authors: Katherine McKittrick*, Queen's University
Topics: Geographic Thought
Keywords: black geographies
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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The paper will think about the ways in which black intellectual thought puts pressure on conventional disciplinary geographic knowledges, by questioning and fracturing the colonial production of time-space. The discussion will not dwell on the differences between black studies and geography—it will not assume permanent and settled disciplinary rifts and splits. Instead, the paper will emphasize that much black political thought is committed to inventing and reinventing spaces of liberation—material and imaginary—within, across, and outside dominant systems of knowledge. The argument seeks to emphasize how the refusal of conventional and disciplinary geographies is, in itself, a praxis of liberation that unfolds into livable and more humanly workable geographies. The rift is not a crack per se, but a conceptual opening that notices how processes of refusal signal radical geographic practices as the work of black study.

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