Afrofuturism and the Geographies of Smart Cities and Black Community Development

Authors: Natasha Martell Jackson*,
Topics: Urban Geography, Economic Geography, Business Geography
Keywords: Smart Cities, Black Geographies, Emerging Technologies, Community Development
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Committee Room, Omni, West
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Utilizing critical theories of race, class, economic development the author explores displacement of place or socially constructed place at the intersections of community development, emerging technologies and newly constructed socio-technical systems such as smart cities. Advancing theories of black geographies scholars, if black communities are essentially negated from conceptualizations of human and capital geography and the socio-constructs of place, how do we ensure a different outcome with the advancement of emerging technologies such as smart cities? How do we ensure smart cities and the future of technology not only include black communities, but becomes integral in the conceptualization of a new technologically advanced black community. Through methods of futurecasting and borrowing from non-fiction genres of afrofuturism, the author explores a new vision for an inclusive future of technology for black communities to tell a different story of possible future outcomes of a technologically engaged community in which current institutions do not profit from black displacement or exclusion caused by the technology itself, but encourages a fully participatory social and cultural engagement in technology usage and creation by and for black people.

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