A People’s Atlas of Detroit: Charting a Way Forward for Research and Organizing

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 1:45 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Director's Row E, Sheraton, Plaza Building, Lobby Level
Organizers: Sara Safransky, Andrew Newman, Timothy Stallmann
Chairs: Sara Safransky

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Please join us a for roundtable discussion inspired by A People’s Atlas of Detroit (Wayne State University Press, 2020). Edited by Linda Campbell, Andrew Newman, Sara Safransky, and Tim Stallmann, A People’s Atlas of Detroit features contributions by over fifty figures from movement-building efforts in Detroit, including activists, farmers, students, educators, scholars, not-for-profit and city government workers, and members of neighborhood block clubs. Developed from a community-based participatory project, the book speaks to the challenges of fighting for land and housing justice, food sovereignty, economic democracy, accountable governance, and the right to the city in a Black metropolis. By drawing upon the collective analyses of Detroiters engaged in the front lines of struggle, A People’s Atlas of Detroit argues that it is only by confronting racial injustice and capitalism head-on that communities can overcome the depths of economic and ecological crises afflicting cities today.

Editors will be joined for a roundtable discussion with Cindi Katz (CUNY), Alesia Montgomery (Stanford), Laura Pulido (University of Oregon), and Gwendolyn Warren (former co-director of the Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute). Some of the questions the panelists will explore are:

• How can research build an infrastructure for organizing and vice-versa?
• How do the institutional frameworks that shape the production of knowledge (i.e. strictures of publishing and norms of academic labor) shape the way researchers collaborate with activists?
• Once published, how can research continue to expand solidarity and organizing?

In discussing these questions and others, the panelists will reflect upon the relationship between organizing, collective study, and research and consider how we might join together in new ways in the current political conjuncture.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Sara Safransky Vanderbilt University 10
Panelist Cindi Katz CUNY Graduate Center 15
Panelist Alesia Montgomery Stanford University 15
Panelist Laura Pulido University of Oregon - Eugene, OR 15
Panelist Linda Campbell Building Movement Detroit 15
Discussant Andrew Newman 5

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