Critical Geographies of Education II: Movements

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Critical Geographies of Education Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8228, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Dan Cohen, Nicole Nguyen, Alice Huff
Chairs: Dan Cohen


Schools are sites of social reproduction; they have been implicated in geographic processes of neoliberalization, gentrification, social stratification, segregation, as well as other forms of violence and exclusion based on race, class, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and immigration status. And yet, schooling arrangements also have the capacity to anchor communities, unsettle existing orders and produce more democratic possibilities. In response, people continue to fight for control over schools even as they seek to change how they operate in and on communities (The Movement for Black Lives, 2016; Huff, 2013; Kearns, Lewis, McCreanor, & Witten, 2009). Globally, recent struggles over schooling demonstrate that education is a deeply geographic and urgently political endeavor across contexts. The relationship between schooling, power, and the production of space is evident in community-led protests over selective school closures that disproportionately impact Black and Brown neighborhoods in the U.S., and efforts to organize for more authentic community control over the education of youth (Good, 2017; Gutierrez and Lipman, 2013). It becomes visible in educator and student action groups aimed at resisting marketization and militarization from Puerto Rico to South Africa (Buras, 2015; Harding and Kershner 2011).

Geographers have articulated many compelling connections between geographies of education and other more established geographic conversations (Butler, Hamnett, & Ramsden, 2013; Holloway, Brown, & Pimlott-Wilson, 2011; McCreary, Basu, & Godlewska, 2013; Nguyen, Cohen, & Huff, 2017). But there is still much room for exploration, especially for those interested in how a more cohesive critical geographies of education subfield might cultivate its own internal lines of inquiry through interaction with those who identify as education geographers, schooling activists, and others whose work intersects with education. Aimed at building this cohesive subfield, these sessions attend to how geographic ordering systems (such as racism, sexism, and colonialism) shape and are shaped by contemporary education arrangements, and to how these relationships are challenged.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Dan Cohen 5 1:10 PM
Presenter Alison Bain*, York University, Julie A. Podmore, John Abbott College, Challenging heteronormativity in suburban high schools through “surplus visibility”: Gay-Straight Alliances in the Vancouver city-region 20 1:15 PM
Presenter Carlos Serrano*, , The Struggle Towards Abolition Education: (Re)Thinking Chapel Hill-Carrboro Education 20 1:35 PM
Presenter Dena Aufseeser*, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Learning through Organizing: Youth-led movements as critical spaces of education in Baltimore, MD and Lima, Peru 20 1:55 PM
Presenter Alice Huff*, UCLA, Breaking Away, Together: Conceptions of the Public and Democratic Practice in School District Secession Movements 20 2:15 PM
Discussant Olivia Ildefonso CUNY - Graduate Center 15 2:35 PM

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