Black Girlhood and the Making of Place

Authors: Amoni Thompson-Jones*, University of California at Santa Barbara
Topics: Gender, Ethnicity and Race, Cultural Geography
Keywords: black girlhood, cultural geography, critical geography, space, place,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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This presentation will examine how black girlhood contributes to the radical imagination of freedom. It explores this idea through interviews, focus groups, and observational analysis within the context of education-based, nonprofit programs in the contemporary US South. In terms of Black Geographies, this work seeks to capture the ways in which Black girls navigate and resist anti-black disciplinary practices of containment and repression to continue the Black radical tradition of freedom dreams and place-making. This research seeks to extend the work of Katherine McKittrick (2011) and her concept of a “black sense of place” to think about the ways black girls are theorizing a “black [girl] sense of place” through strategies of creative embodiment.

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