Representations of the Black Spatial Imaginary

Type: Paper
Theme: Black Geographies
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Kaily Heitz, Jordanna Matlon, Brandi Summers
Chairs: Kaily Heitz


How can spatial practices and racial identity be represented visually? What does it mean to incorporate questions of race and ethnicity, power and privilege, and equity and justice into our urban planning design vocabulary in a way that acknowledges the poetic, geographic praxis of black life? How do representations of cities in visual and popular culture influence the urban spatial imaginary? What role do digital technologies and social media play in animating these visual spatial imaginaries?

This session engages the dialogues around representation, visuality, urban planning, mobility and the architectures of blackness that occurred at the Berkeley Black Geographies Symposium of 2017, and invites further discussion on how black geographies may be used to frame a discussion of the visual culture of urban spaces. We invite papers that explore how these questions animate a productive tension between social science and humanities-based approaches and engage critical inquiry on visual culture and urban life.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant Kaily Heitz University of California - Berkeley 10 2:40 PM
Presenter Ree Botts*, University of California - Berkeley, Exploring Black Women’s Healing Spaces as A Praxis of Black Feminist Imaginaries 15 2:50 PM
Presenter Jordanna Matlon*, American University, Representions of Black Masculinity in Racial Capitalism 15 3:05 PM
Presenter Brandi Summers*, Virginia Commonwealth University, Black Geographies and the Spatial Containment of Race 15 3:20 PM
Presenter Emma Flavian*, , Black Matter in Motion 15 3:35 PM

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