Enacting anti-colonialism and antiracism through a caring praxis

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Black Geographies Specialty Group, Latinx Geographies Specialty Group, Harassment-Free AAG Initiative, Harassment-Free AAG Initiative
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Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8222, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Kelsey Brain, Minelle Mahtani
Chairs: Minelle Mahtani


“From Lorde to Anzaldúa to Sandoval the coalitional sense is guided by love, a strong erotics that becomes a social erotics. This inclination to others is powerfully motivating, inspiring, and energizing as it inclines us to learn from each other in complex histories of interdependence, including betrayal, as we respond to multiple oppressions.” -Lugones, 2011

“I have no doubt that we must learn to learn from the original practical ecological philosophers of the world, through slow, attentive, mind-changing (on both sides), ethical singularity that deserves the name of ‘love’.” -Spivak, 1995 in Asher, 2017

Feminist anticolonial and antiracist scholars like those recognized above have not solely demonstrated that academic research is wrought with power relations. Rather, they have also engaged in the deep, vulnerable, difficult, and sometimes heart-breaking work of caring, learning, and engaging at the border. The scholars on this panel view our work as more than disembodied analyses of social phenomena, even critically important analyses of power and oppression. Rather, we see great import in the facets of our work which should play a role in all academic knowledge production but rarely get mentioned – the work of building solidarity, of learning from those we work with, of being willing to forgo our own goals and achievements, of acting out of care for others. Or, in the words of Lugones and Spivak, it is that work which deserves the name of love.

In this panel, we seek a space of vulnerability and care in which to discuss what geographic research committed to racial justice and decolonialism looks like. We explore the possibilities for genuine collaborative knowledge production, for challenging the dominance of Global North scholarship, and for recognizing and using the personal resources that each one of us brings to a coalitional anticolonial and antiracist praxis.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Kelsey Brain Pennsylvania State University 5
Discussant A. Marie Ranjbar Ohio State University 12
Panelist Nehal El-Hadi University of Toronto 12
Panelist Mia White The New School for Social Research 12
Discussant Madelaine Cahuas University of Toronto 12
Panelist Hanieh Haji Molana Kent State University 12
Discussant Minelle Mahtani University of British Columbia 12

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