"Water Overflows with Memory:" Black Geographies and Ocean Worlds

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Latinx Geographies Specialty Group
Organizers: Mae Miller
Chairs: Mae Miller


This roundtable conversation will engage contemporary methodological and theoretical questions on "the oceanic" within Black and postcolonial geographical imaginaries. From Paul Gilroy's examiniation of the transnational political and cultural formations and circuits of the Black Atlantic to M. Jacqui Alexander's (2006) argument that "water overflows with memory...emotional memory, bodily memory, sacred memory," maritime metaphors and histories have figured centrally within the geographical imaginations of the Black diaspora and Black radical tradition. Thinking from and with the Caribbean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Indian Ocean, panelists will consider oceanic crosscurrents as a site of theorization, earth-writing, and emancipatory politics.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Sharad Chari University of California, Berkeley 20
Panelist Mae Miller CUNY - Graduate Center 20
Panelist Nejat Kedir 20

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