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Situating Black Queer Spatialities II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group, Queer and Trans Geographies Specialty Group
Organizers: Rae Rosenberg, LaToya Eaves, Christopher Smith
Chairs: Christopher Smith


This paper session expands on conversations that occurred in the AAG 2018 panel session, “Tracing Black Queer Geographies.” This session aims to extend the conversations that occurred in our panels, among scholars whose research attends to the relationship between Black LGBTQ subjects and the spaces they inhabit, challenge, and (de)construct. We invite a consideration of the fruitful opportunities that may arise when Black and queer geographic analytics are held in a sustained and combined conversation. Black and queer geographic analyses attune themselves to spatial formations that do not immediately or necessarily register within a diagrammatic imperative. However, when these two bodies of geographical work merge in co-constitutive dialogues, the frameworks and conceptualizations that emerge reveal new ways of thinking through Blackness, sexuality and gender, and senses of place.

The papers in this session consider the following questions, among many others: how might a Black queer geographic analysis attend to the concomitant manner in which capital enables and simultaneously displaces Black queer and trans spatial embodiments and formations? How do Black queer and trans diasporas register as “globally scattered populations not necessarily visible through diagrammatic representation; the Black Atlantic” (McKittrick, 2017)? How has a potential homo-masculinist tendency in early Black queer theorizing obfuscated informative critical hermeneutics such as Black feminist theorizing of space? How might literary and cinematic archives offer spatial clues to theorize Black queer and trans geographies?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Aaron Mallory*, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, “Assess your Risk”: Black Queer Futures in the Geographies of PrEP 15 12:00 AM
Discussant LaToya Eaves Global Studies and Human Geography 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Marlon Murtha Bailey*, Arizona State University, “Secret Places, Sexual Spaces: Examining Black Gay Sexual Spatialities” 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Cornel Grey*, University of Toronto, When I Think of Home: Real Love, Fantasy Worlds and Black Queer Kinship 15 12:00 AM

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