The call to thematically focus on Black Geographies during the 2018 annual American Association of Geographers meeting is, as theme organizers LaToya Eaves are Aretina Hamilton say, timely, and upholds Katherine McKittrick's declaration that "black matters are spatial matters." At the same time, the thematic focus on Public Engagement in Geography emphasizes the importance of scholar activism, public pedagogy, and participatory action research. Bringing these two themes together, we acknowledge that the field of geography is bound to the work of colonialism and spatial dispossession of people of color and argue that to commit to the work and worldings of advancing Black Geographies, there is an additional opportunity to hold ourselves accountable as emerging scholars, to structure our research and methodologies in ways that advance publicly-oriented anti-racist values and practice. This panel will therefore feature a discussion among graduate students who take on anti-racism as a practice within their research--reflexively, epistemologically, methodologically, and politically--focusing particularly on work in urban contexts. Panelists will also be asked to submit 4-5 annotated references that inspire their research, and these annotated sources will be made available to audience members as a 'take-away' from the session.
|Panelist||Jenna Christian Pennsylvania State University||20|
|Panelist||Rachelle Berry Syracuse University||20|
|Panelist||Kristy Copeland University of Washington||20|
|Panelist||Emma Slager University of Washington||20|
|Panelist||Anisa Jackson Robinson Center for Young Scholars||20|
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