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) 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, we seek papers that take up conjunctural moments that bring forth collective action, rather than assuming that they are a result of somebody else’s political program.
|Presenter||Oscar Gutierrez*, University of California, San Diego, Together, We Can Move Mountains: Remembering Latinx Geographies of Environmental Justice in Southeast Los Angeles||20||9:55 AM|
|Presenter||Marcel Brousseau*, University of Oregon, Rutas y Personajes: Theorizing and Designing a Moralized Road Map of Trans-American Migration||20||10:15 AM|
|Presenter||Alana De Hinojosa*, UCLA, El Río Grande Talks Back: The Chamizal Dispute, Settler Colonialism, & the Return of the Repressed||20||10:35 AM|
|Presenter||Megan Ybarra*, University of Washington, Settler colonialism across Latinidades||20||10:55 AM|
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