Creating a Soundscape of Radical Imagination: Podcasts as Scholarship

Type: Panel
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Digital Geographies Specialty Group, Black Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Roosevelt 5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Catherine Bender
Chairs: Catherine Bender

Call for Submissions

The world today is experiencing considerable turbulence: proliferating nuclear technology, the militarization of life, displacement and dispossession of peoples, xenophobia, racism, neoliberalization of nature and life, and accelerating environmental destruction. Radical geographers have an important role to play in the struggle to investigate, interpret, and represent these ongoing and unfolding processes. However, the impact of radical geography is often limited by the incommensurability of theoretical discussions which are contained within the academy with the experiences, practices, and theoretical production of social movements. Radical geographers have long been at the forefront of scholar-activism blending the social roles of ‘the activist’ and ‘the scholar,’ remembering the imperative not just to study the world, but to change it. Nevertheless, the scholarly products of such engagements too-often languish behind paywalls and in formats that may have limited appeal or use beyond the academy. Joining the growing genre of academic podcasts–AntiPod: A Radical Geography Podcast–seeks to provide a new avenue for radical geography in response both to the growing use of digital technologies and to the need for engagement of wider publics in geographic discussions.

In this panel session, radical and critically engaged scholars and scholar-activists will meet to discuss the collaborative work that they find to be generative for anti-racist, anti-fascist, decolonial, feminist, abolitionist, and liberatory futures. The objective of the panel is to provide a dynamic, inclusive, interdisciplinary, multi-lingual space for radical geography and to share their work about projects that aim to provide a practical bridge to anyone working for a more just world. We will explore how the podcast medium can make research in radical geography more accessible, can challenge typical divisions of labor relations within and beyond academia, and can be a site for sonic and social transformation.


Description

The world today is experiencing considerable turbulence: proliferating nuclear technology, the militarization of life, displacement and dispossession of peoples, xenophobia, racism, neoliberalization of nature and life, and accelerating environmental destruction. Radical geographers have an important role to play in the struggle to investigate, interpret, and represent these ongoing and unfolding processes. However, the impact of radical geography is often limited by the incommensurability of theoretical discussions which are contained within the academy with the experiences, practices, and theoretical production of social movements. Radical geographers have long been at the forefront of scholar-activism blending the social roles of ‘the activist’ and ‘the scholar,’ remembering the imperative not just to study the world, but to change it. Nevertheless, the scholarly products of such engagements too-often languish behind paywalls and in formats that may have limited appeal or use beyond the academy. Joining the growing genre of academic podcasts–AntiPod: A Radical Geography Podcast–seeks to provide a new avenue for radical geography in response both to the growing use of digital technologies and to the need for engagement of wider publics in geographic discussions.

In this panel session, radical and critically engaged scholars and scholar-activists will meet to discuss the collaborative work that they find to be generative for anti-racist, anti-fascist, decolonial, feminist, abolitionist, and liberatory futures. The objective of the panel is to provide a dynamic, inclusive, interdisciplinary, multi-lingual space for radical geography and to share their work about projects that aim to provide a practical bridge to anyone working for a more just world. We will explore how the podcast medium can make research in radical geography more accessible, can challenge typical divisions of labor relations within and beyond academia, and can be a site for sonic and social transformation.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes
Discussant Nerve Macaspac CUNY College of Staten Island 10
Panelist Akira Rodriguez PennDesign 10
Panelist Catherine Bender UCLA 10
Panelist Darren Patrick York University 10
Panelist Brian Williams Dartmouth College 10

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