Gulf South Geographies of Freedom: Rethinking the Politics and Practices of New Orleans Research in the Geographic Imagination

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Borgne Room, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Laura McTighe, Lydia Pelot-Hobbs
Chairs: Matt Sakakeeny


In the years since hurricanes Katrina and Rita made landfall on the Gulf Coast, a plethora of scholarship has been produced that examines the conditions that gave rise to the devastation of New Orleans. Yet too often New Orleans has been reduced to an unrooted metaphor or depicted as a place solely defined through exceptional violence, dispossession, and exploitation. Troubling these geographic imaginaries, this panel begins with the assertion that not only did New Orleans neither begin nor end with Hurricane Katrina; the work of understanding the contemporary racial, gendered, and economic configurations of the city also necessitates a sustained commitment to this place. Drawing on Black, feminist, queer, immigrant, and Marxist geographies, these papers ask how the New Orleans landscape is produced by racial capitalist imperatives new and old, as well as how communities have been and continue to resist and transform such fatal couplings of power and difference. Furthermore, by centering the methods and practices of their New Orleans research, panelists also illuminate how the ethics of engagement with the Gulf South are inseparable from the labor of materializing new geographies of freedom.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Laura McTighe Dartmouth College 20
Panelist Lydia Pelot-Hobbs CUNY Graduate Center 20
Panelist Sarah Fouts Lehigh University 20
Discussant Matt Sakakeeny Tulane University 20

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