What does it mean to study Latinx geographies? Last year’s 2017 AAG panel session - Unsettling Chicanx and Latinx Geographies – posed this pivotal question and generated critical discussion on the politics of doing Latinx geographies within a white discipline (Pulido, 2002) and current political climate of neo-fascist white supremacy. One major call to action that emerged from panelists and attendees was the need for establishing a Latinx Geographies specialty group in order to generate more academic spaces dedicated to critically thinking, questioning, and generating knowledge about Latinx perspectives, experiences, spatial politics and place-making. The goal of this session is to revisit key questions raised in last year’s discussion and delve deeper in exploring the challenges and transformational possibilities of a Latinx Geographies specialty group and subfield.
In a group discussion format we will collectively reflect on the following questions:
1) Why is this cultural and political moment--broadly, and within the discipline of geography--ripe for developing a Latinx Geographies subfield and specialty group? Why Latinx geographies now?
2) How do we envision Latinx Geographies as a subfield and specialty group? In other words, what kinds of politics, theories, approaches and topics are fundamental to the field and group?
3) How do we engage with the internal complexities of Latinx identities and geographies as well as the ways in which they are interconnected with Black, Indigenous and dominant geographies? How do we theorize Latinx geographies in conjunction with other alternative geographical subfields, particularly Black, Indigenous, and Feminist Geographies?
4) What does the future of Latinx Geographies look like?
Pulido, L. (2002). Reflections on a white discipline. The Professional Geographer, 54(1), 42-49.
|Panelist||Madelaine Cahuas University of Toronto||20|
|Panelist||Megan Ybarra University of Washington||20|
|Panelist||Juan De Lara University of Southern California||20|
|Panelist||Juan Herrera University of California, Los Angeles||20|
|Panelist||Lorena Muñoz University of Minnesota||20|
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