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Author-Meets-Critics: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in Brandi Thompson Summers’ Black in Place

Type: Panel
Theme: The Changing North American Continent
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group
Organizers: Jovan Lewis
Chairs: Jovan Lewis

Description

Brandi Thompson Summers’ Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City provides a vivid depiction of the afterlife of Blackness in the city after urban dispossession. Tracing the devastating impact of gentrification along Washington DC’s H Street Corridor, Summers offers an analytical framework for understanding how blackness becomes decorporealized through the systematic displacement and then aestheticized and deployed to organize landscapes and raise capital. The process yields what Summer advances as the theory of Black Aesthetic Emplacement, which permits a continued focus on the continuing significance of blackness in places like the nation’s capital. Through aesthetic spatialization of the "post" chocolate city, Black In Place shows us how blackness contributes to our understanding of contemporary urbanization, and how it laid an important foundation for how Black people have been thought to exist in cities.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes
Introduction Jovan Lewis University of California - Berkeley 5
Panelist Ashante Reese UMBC 10
Panelist D. Asher Ghertner Rutgers University 10
Panelist Magie Ramirez Simon Fraser University 10
Discussant Rashad Shabazz Arizona State University 10
Discussant Brandi Summers University of California - Berkeley 15
Discussant Jovan Lewis University of California - Berkeley 15

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