Black Matters are Spatial Matters

Type: Panel
Theme: Black Geographies
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Borgne Room, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: LaToya Eaves
Chairs: LaToya Eaves


In the premiere issue of Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, Fred Donaldson pens an essay - "Geography and the Black American: The white papers and the invisible man" - in which he argues, "Concerning its treatment of the Black American, the nature of geography is misinformation or no information at all" (Donaldson 1969, 18). Widespread interest in Black spatialties and place making is becoming more of trend across disciplines outside of geography. Yet, Black geographies as a body of integral epistemologies continues to fight for "a seat at the table" within the discipline. Scholars of Black geographies rely on the corporeal, the aesthetic, the creative, the spiritual, and the elemental (earth, air, water, and fire) as texts with which to read into the meaning of Blackness, its accompanying implications of oppression(s), and its futuristic possibilities (Wilson 1992; Woods 1998; Gilmore 2002; McKittrick 2006; McKittrick and Woods 2007; McCutcheon 2013; Shabazz 2014). The session incorporates the spatial significance of Blackness, Black studies, and Black space into a more visible platform within geography. The panel continues the intervention by pushing forward the reality that "Black matters are spatial matters" (McKittrick 2006, xiv), presenting knowledge of racialized spaces, bodies, and landscapes. At the AAG in 2015, 2016, and 2017, we held a discussion itemizing the perspectives, politics, and possibilities of Black Geographies. In this panel session, we focus on approaches to methods, pedagogies, and curriculum.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Jovan Lewis University of California - Berkeley 15
Panelist Camilla Hawthorne University of California - Berkeley 15
Panelist April Graham Mount Holyoke College 15
Panelist Douglas Allen Florida State University 15
Discussant Willie Wright Department of Geography 10

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