Decolonizing Geography - A call to action

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group, Latinx Geographies Specialty Group, Harassment-Free AAG Initiative, Harassment-Free AAG Initiative
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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8211, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Ilaria Giglioli
Chairs: Camilla Hawthorne


How do we decolonize our research and pedagogy through daily practices within our institutions? How can we develop networks within and beyond academia to challenge Eurocentric models of knowledge production? What does decolonial scholarship look like in the classroom, in the field or in our textual practice?

At the 2018 AAG conference, a Decolonizing Geography panel brought together scholars to advance conversations grounded in a theory and praxis of decolonization within geography. In order to achieve more equitable futures for those foreclosed by the ‘colonial matrix of power’, we engaged the call of thinkers such as Mignolo to de-link our ways of knowing from Eurocentrism through enacting ‘epistemic disobedience’ (Mignolo, 2011). In line with broader conversations about decolonizing geography at the 2016 Institute for British Geography Conference, the 2015 International Conference of Critical Geography in Ramallah, Palestine, and the 2018 AAG Black Geographies focus, the 2018 panel initiated conversations about decolonizing writing, pedagogy and curricula, and about working across disciplinary and institutional boundaries to constitute a “global community of scholars” committed to decolonial praxis.

Our 2019 AAG panel proposes to continue these conversations, with the aim of developing practices for our research, writing and pedagogy. In particular, we are committed to developing praxis that goes beyond decolonization as a metaphor by seeking to share ideas, strategies and practices that we may place at the core of our work within and outside the academy. Based on the panel's emerging conversations, we aim to develop working documents to facilitate our scholarship and practice beyond the conference, such as a shared manifesto, syllabi, and examples of applied projects.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Jovan Lewis University of California - Berkeley 15
Panelist Naya Jones Medical College of Wisconsin 15
Panelist Meredith Palmer UC Berkeley 15
Panelist Linda Quiquivix 15
Panelist Tracey Osborne University of Arizona 15

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