Cartographies of Struggle: Indigenous Embodiment and the Displacement of Knowledge

Authors: Danielle Lucero*, Arizona State University
Topics: Indigenous Peoples, Cultural Geography, United States
Keywords: human geography, indigenous geography, cultural geography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Committee Room, Omni, West
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In Katherine McKittrick’s book Demonic Grounds: Black Women and The Cartographies of Struggle she investigates black women geographies and the ways in which these geographies are essential to understanding what human geography entails. Demonic Grounds works to dismantle assumptions within human geography about black geographies and more specifically black women geographies and the spatiality of blackness within the United States and Canada. Using McKittrick as a foundation, I will extend her approach and bring forward questions around indigenous spatial knowledge and the displacement of such knowledge both physically (removal) and disciplinarily (from the academy). I will do so by bringing Ted Rutland’s work, Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax into conversation with McKittrick in order to incorporate a settler-colonial lens to highlighting the erasure of indigenous spatial knowledge from the field of geography and from the academy as a whole.

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