Reflections on Berkeley Black Geographies 2017

Type: Panel
Theme: Black Geographies
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Kaily Heitz, Jovan Lewis, Camilla Hawthorne
Chairs: Kaily Heitz


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 inequality, whiteness, non-being, and social/physical death, but also as a radical framework for envisioning liberation, social justice, and reconstruction.

This roundtable serves as a reflection on the themes of the 2017 Berkeley Black Geographies Symposium. The symposium approached 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. As such, this panel will discuss Black geographies as:

-Always poetic, political-economic and material;
-Pointing toward the planetary circulation of anti-black violence, both through and beyond the vorticity of the Black Atlantic;
-A geographical mode of analyzing blackness that makes a meaningful intervention in the discipline of Black Studies;
-A framework that calls attention to situated technologies, understandings and political forms that perpetuate anti-Blackness and conserve resistance.
-A capacious form of liberationist praxis.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Jane Henderson 20
Panelist Kaily Heitz University of California - Berkeley 20
Panelist KERBY LYNCH 20
Panelist Jovan Lewis University of California - Berkeley 20

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