Revisiting the Black Atlantic: The present and future of Black Geographies

Type: Paper
Theme: Black Geographies
Sponsor Groups: Ethnic Geography Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Black Geographies Specialty Group
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Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Alex Moulton, Leslie Wyrtzen, Asha Best
Chairs: Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen


In The Black Atlantic, Paul Gilroy disrupts narratives of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade that reduce Africans in the Americas to displaced flesh cargo forcefully comported and emplaced in the New World. Gilroy theorizes the Black Atlantic as a dynamic geography in which the entanglement of routes of movement and roots of cultural identity are negotiated and constitutive of new expressions and experience of Black identity which is neither Afrocentric nor confined to national boundaries. This conceptualization reworks notions of diaspora, homeland, movement and place in ways that call attention to the ongoingness of political economic, cultural, and ethno-racial processes of Atlantic modernity. The Black Atlantic and Gilroy’s subsequent works have been influential in the emergence of an explicit focus on the spatialities and mobilities of Black identity and culture. This session explores the ways in which the concept of the Black Atlantic has been theoretically and empirically employed and reframed among geographers, and the implications of this work for the present and the future of Black geographies and anti-racist futures.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Camilla Hawthorne*, University of California - Berkeley, “Different Waters, Same Sea”: Black Atlantic and Mediterranean Geographies of Struggle 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Case Watkins*, James Madison University, Double Consciousness in an Afro-Brazilian landscape: Connecting past, present, and power in the African diaspora 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Jessica Krug*, George Washington University, Fugitive Modernities and Geographies of Reputation: Against the Black Atlantic 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Alex Moulton*, Clark University, In, Out of, and Across Place: Jamaica Maroons and the Spatialization of Black Geographies 20 11:00 AM
Discussant Jovan Lewis University of California - Berkeley 20 11:20 AM

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