Latinx Geographies I: Urban Politics and Resistance

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group, Ethnic Geography Specialty Group, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Edgewood AB, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Madelaine Cahuas, Cristina Faiver-Serna, Juan De Lara
Chairs: Madelaine Cahuas


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 majority 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 more generative academic spaces to discuss Latinx perspectives, experiences, spatial politics and place-making. Although there is longstanding scholarship in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies exploring these topics, such scholarship remains marginal in the discipline of geography. The goal of this paper session is to respond to this call and build on last year’s collective discussion by inviting empirical or theoretical research papers that examine any of, but not exclusively, the following topics:

-Latinx socio-spatial practices, place-making and relationships to land across Turtle Island, Abya Yala and America Latina
-Black/Afro-Latinx, Indigenous and Latinx identities, histories and movements
-Race, Latinidades, mestizaje and territory
-Gender, sexuality, Latinx feminisms and queer theory
-Social justice, radical politics and activism
-Settler colonialism, colonialism and decolonization
-Black, Brown, Indigenous and People of Colour alliances
-(Im)migration and citizenship
-Home and belonging
-Urban politics, gentrification and policing
-Structural violence and racism
-Environmental justice, environment and health
-Labour and capitalism
-Latinx knowledge production, methods, pedagogies and education
-Latinx art (i.e. muralismo, theatre of the oppressed, dance, music)

We will approach these topics in a way that recognizes the internal complexities of Latinx geographies and how they are interconnected with Black, Indigenous, alternative and dominant geographies. Lastly, we aim to theorize Latinx geographies as an interdisciplinary subfield spanning the discipline of geography, Latina/o Studies, Race & Ethnic Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Pulido, L. (2002). Reflections on a white discipline. The Professional Geographer, 54(1), 42-49.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Kimberly Miranda*, , El Barrio No Se Vende: Anti-gentrification Activism in Boyle Heights 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Amy Shimshon-Santo*, Claremont Graduate University, The Arts, Banishment, and Cultural Organizing: How to Become Erasure Proof 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Madelaine Cahuas*, University of Toronto, Towards El Mundo Zurdo: Imagining-Creating-Living Latinx Decolonial Feminist Geographies 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Yolanda Valencia*, University of Washington, Understanding How Undocumented Mexican Immigrants Thrive A Place Where They Are Not Supposed To Survive. 20 2:20 PM
Presenter Angelica Camacho*, , Disrupting Business as Usual: The Pelican Bay California Prisoner Hunger Strikes and their Refusal to Live in Submission 20 2:40 PM

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