Latinx Geographies 1

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Latinx Geographies Specialty Group, Black Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Virginia A, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Megan Ybarra, Laura Pulido, Juan Herrera
Chairs: Megan Ybarra


In 2018, Merriam-Webster announced that it added the word Latinx to the dictionary, as a commonly used gender-neutral alternative to Latina / Latino. Likewise, in 2017, geographers created the Latinx Geographies Specialty group through AAG. Rather than tag this as a new and emerging field, we call for papers that intervene to think through the past, present and future of Latinx Geographies.

We seek to excavate historical and present-day Latinx radical traditions, and the collaborative potential that can be found in better bridging academia with social movements. We ask: What is the relationship between revolutionary actions and critical intellectual reflections of Latinx Geographies? We seek papers that draw on Ruthie Gilmore's (2017, building on Raymond Williams) call to think of intellectual genealogies as a “selection and reselection of our ancestors.” To do so, geographers will need to look beyond the persistent Whiteness of the discipline and draw on intellectual traditions that are both within and beyond academia’s Ivory Tower, both in and beyond English. Latinx Geographies affords the opportunity to rethink the boundaries of intellectual production in an effort to better grapple with our political present. We are seek to include papers that build on ideas from beyond the traditional boundaries of Anglophone human geography, including but not limited to engagement with Indigenous and Ethnic Studies.

In the face of a political movement in the USA that insists that all Latinx are perpetual foreigners and suspect, and that we do not have claims to political autonomy and collective voice, what histories need to be lifted up? What archives do we need to excavate, or create? What taken-for-granted relations between people and place need to be rethought? In this, Latinx Geographies can draw on conjunctural moments that bring forth collective action, rather than assuming that they are a result of somebody else’s political program.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Natalie Santizo*, UCLA, Mapping Latinx Foodways 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Kimberly Miranda*, , Carla Osorio Veliz*, Univeristy of Oregon, Womxn of Color in Anti-Gentrification Activism in Los Angeles 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Rafael Solórzano*, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Now let us shift; Examining Latinx Migrant Resistance via Women of Color Feminism 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Juan Herrera*, University of California, Los Angeles, Anzalduan Spatialities: Race, Space, and Difference in the Work of Gloria Anzaldua 20 9:00 AM

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