Organizers: Juan Herrera and Adam Moore
Geography as a discipline is experiencing major changes. Critics have long highlighted the overwhelming whiteness of the field (Kobayashi and Peake 2000; Pulido 2002). In recent years there have been a number of calls to “decolonize” geographical knowledge, and broaden the theoretical perspectives we engage with in our work (Radcliffe 2017; de Leeuw and Hunt 2018; Hawthorne and Heitz 2018). This AAG session endeavors to bring to the forefront scholarship that uses and/or engages with theoretical formulations developed by People of Color in the US and elsewhere in global north, as well as those from the global south. We are inspired by research from geographers such as McKittrick (2015), who brings forth the work of renowned Caribbean scholar Sylvia Wynter; Woods (2017), who introduces the Blues epistemology as a way of viewing Black aesthetic traditions and freedom struggles; Cahuas (2019), who utilizes formulations developed by the late Chicana theorist Gloria Anzaldua to analyze decolonial acts of resistance among nonprofit workers and cultural producers; and Ramirez (2019), who builds on Anzaldua’s concept of borderlands to think about the violence of gentrification and policing as experienced by people of color in Oakland.
In this panel we aim to explore a number of questions, including, what is important about bringing these often undervalued theoretical traditions to geography? What new insights do they offer in thinking about relational constructions of race and space? How do they challenge existing analyses and interpretative frameworks, especially in relationship to scale? Why is this so necessary now? We welcome thought pieces on particular intellectual traditions or theorists, and submissions that apply theoretical frameworks to empirical cases.
Cahuas, Madelaine Cristina. 2019. “Burned, Broke, and Brilliant: Latinx Community Workers’ Experiences Across the Greater Toronto Area’s Non-Profit Sector.” Antipode 51(1): 66–86.
De Leeuw, Sarah and Sarah Hunt. 2018. “Unsettling Decolonizing Geographies.” Geography Compass 12(7): https://doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12376
Hawthorne, Camilla and Kaily Heitz. “A Seat at the Table? Reflections on Black Geographies and the Limits of Dialogue.” Dialogues in Human Geography 8(2): 148-51.
Kobayashi, Audrey and Linda Peake. 2000. “Racism Out of Place: Thoughts on Whiteness and Antiracist Geography in the New Millennium.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 90(2): 392-403.
McKittrick, Katherine. 2015. Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis. Durham: Duke University Press.
Pulido, Laura. 2002. “Reflections on a White Discipline.” Professional Geographer 54(1): 42-49.
Radcliffe, Sarah. 2017. “Decolonizing Geographical Knowledges.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 43(3): 329-33.
Ramírez, Margaret M. (2019). City as Borderland: Gentrification and the Policing of Black and Latinx Geographies in Oakland. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263775819843924
Woods, Clyde. 2017. Development Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi Delta. New York: Verso.
|Presenter||Adam Moore*, UCLA, The geopolitical import of W.E.B Du Bois||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Pamela Stephens*, UCLA, Unsettling Black Los Angeles: A Conversation between Black and Indigenous Studies||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Juan Herrera*, University of California, Los Angeles, Nos/Otras and an Anzalduan Relational Approach to Social Movement Activism||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Diana Negrin*, University of San Francisco, Language as Refuge and Resistance||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Melora Koepke*, Simon Fraser University, Makeshift futures in the “migrant metropolis”: Exile, errancy and endurance in the fugitive territories of urban crisis||15||12:00 AM|
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