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Author-Meets-Critics: Tiffany King's The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Feminist Geographies Specialty Group, Black Geographies Specialty Group, Specialty Group Highlighted Session
Organizers: Sharlene Mollett, LaToya Eaves
Chairs: Sharlene Mollett


A diverse group of geographers will meet to discuss Tiffany King's The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies, Duke University Press (2019).

Book Description

In The Black Shoals Tiffany Lethabo King uses the shoal—an offshore geologic formation that is neither land nor sea—as metaphor, mode of critique, and methodology to theorize the encounter between Black studies and Native studies. King conceptualizes the shoal as a space where Black and Native literary traditions, politics, theory, critique, and art meet in productive, shifting, and contentious ways. These interactions, which often foreground Black and Native discourses of conquest and critiques of humanism, offer alternative insights into understanding how slavery, anti-Blackness, and Indigenous genocide structure white supremacy. Among texts and topics, King examines eighteenth-century British mappings of humanness, Nativeness, and Blackness; Black feminist depictions of Black and Native erotics; Black fungibility as a critique of discourses of labor exploitation; and Black art that rewrites conceptions of the human. In outlining the convergences and disjunctions between Black and Native thought and aesthetics, King identifies the potential to create new epistemologies, lines of critical inquiry, and creative practices. From Duke University Press:


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Sharlene Mollett University of Toronto 5
Introduction LaToya Eaves Global Studies and Human Geography 5
Panelist Magie Ramirez Simon Fraser University 8
Panelist Caroline Faria University of Texas - Austin 8
Panelist Brittany Meché University of California - Berkeley 8
Panelist Deondre Smiles The Ohio State University Department of Geography 8
Panelist Rashad Shabazz Arizona State University 8
Panelist Jonathan Hall West Virginia University 8
Panelist Tiffany King Georgia State University 12

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