As argued by Katherine McKittrick, “a black sense of place is not a steady, focused, and homogeneous way of seeing and being in place, but rather a set of changing and differential perspectives that are illustrative of legacies of normalized racial violence that calcify, but do not guarantee, the denigration of Black geographies and their inhabitants” (2011: 950). To that end, the papers in this session articulate both the joys and the pains of Black social and cultural life while living under the forces of gentrification, displacement, environmental degradation, and white supremacy. This session thinks through Blackness as ontology, racial signifier, and discursive strategy by asking: what can we learn about “a black sense of place” when we hone in on the lived experiences and subjectivities of Black people? Using insights from geography, ethnography, Black cultural studies, and history, this panel locates the moments of imagination, dissonance, and insurgency brought to bear by Black people in the making and un-making of racialized geographies in the United States and South Africa. This session articulates the political-economic consequences of racial domination in its discussion of environmental justice in Oakland and the destruction of neighborhood schools in post-Katrina New Orleans. The panel is also attuned to the spatial poetics of Black life, thinking through the ways that rural Black communities in Civil-Rights era Mississippi used theatre to both critique and move within the temporal demands of the white racial state, which demanded “Black patience” in the political fight for full citizenship. Other papers seriously consider Black mobility, and the dynamic and imaginative articulations of space/time created through urban informality in both Brooklyn and Johannesburg. This panel foregrounds Black life in its approach, always attuned to the co-articulation of the political-economic and the poetic nature of Black geographies. Ultimately, these papers work to highlight the moments in which Black people articulate insurgent modes of citizenship that demand the interruption of racial capitalism and its modes of spatial domination.
|Presenter||Asha Best*, Clark University, On Black Mobilities||20||2:40 PM|
|Presenter||Justin Hosbey*, Emory University, Of Schools and Prisons: Marronage and Futurity in Late Capitalist New Orleans||20||3:00 PM|
|Presenter||Chryl Corbin*, University of California - Berkeley, Between Redlining and Greenlining: The Formation of a Chocolate City||20||3:20 PM|
|Presenter||Julius Fleming Jr*, University of Maryland, College Park, 'Mississippi Goddam': Geography, Performance, and the Racial Politics of Time||20||3:40 PM|
|Presenter||Alexandra Giancarlo*, Queen's University, “Everything on the hog is good”: Boucheries as a livelihood strategy among Louisiana Creoles||20||4:00 PM|
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