Tracing Black Queer Spatialities - #1

Type: Panel
Theme: Black Geographies
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group, Sexuality and Space Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Christopher Smith, Rae Rosenberg, Watufani Poe
Chairs: Christopher Smith


This series of panels aims to generate a robust conversation among geographers and scholars whose research attends to the relationship of Black LGBTQ subjects and the spaces they inhabit, challenge, and (de)construct. With “Tracing Black Queer Spatialities” we invite a consideration of the fruitful opportunities that may arise when Black and queer geographic analytics are held in a sustained and combined dialogue. Emerging within a post-empirical turn within geographic thought (Peake & Shein, 2000), Black and queer geographic analyses attune themselves to spatial formations that do not immediately or necessarily register within a diagrammatic imperative. As such, the organizers understand Black queer geographies as inherently ephemeral spatial formations. With this in mind, such spatial enactments demand a variety of methodological approaches reliant on forms of (re)memory, archival engagement, and ethnographic representation, to name a few.
We invite panelists to consider the following questions, among many others: how might a Black queer geographic analysis attend to the concomitant manner in which capital enables and simultaneously displaces Black queer and trans spatial embodiments and formations? How do Black queer and trans diasporas register as “globally scattered populations not necessarily visible through diagrammatic representation; the Black Atlantic” (McKittrick, 2017)? How has a potential homo-masculinist tendency in early Black queer theorizing obfuscated informative critical hermeneutics such as Black feminist theorizing of space? How might literary and cinematic archives offer spatial clues to theorize Black queer and trans geographies?


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Sophonie Bazile UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY 20
Panelist Cornel Grey University of Toronto 20
Panelist Rae Rosenberg 20
Panelist Ricardo Millhouse 20
Discussant LaToya Eaves Middle Tennessee State University 20

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