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Towards Emancipatory Digital Geographies

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group, Latinx Geographies Specialty Group
Organizers: Isaac Rivera
Chairs: Daniel Gonzalez


Towards Emancipatory Digital Geographies

This session calls for papers towards what Sarah Elwood and Agnieszka Leszczynski call “emancipatory, unruly, and transformative digital practices." In particular, we propose an engagement with the “ontics, aesthetics, and discourses” of the digital in digital geographies through engagement with scholarship in settler colonial studies and racial capitalism. With the rise of planetary algorithmic governance, urban racial regulation, logistical borderlands, digitally mediated knowledge politics, and digital enclosures, we propose papers that foreground engagement with how settler colonialism and racial capitalism intersect, emerge, and rupture, throughout the digital. In turn, we aim to center how Red Power, The Black Radical Tradition, Chicanx Power, among other global traditions of knowing and resistance have, can, and might engage the digital.

Session themes include:
• Engagements with Decolonial and Indigenous Geographies, Black Geographies, Latinx Geographies,
Asian and Oceanic geographies, including that of resistance, abolition, and decolonization
• Queer of color code/space
• Colonial infrastructures
• Violence of digitality
• Indigenous feminisms of refusal
• Data bodies
• Digital bordering
• Dispossession
• Weaponization
• Decolonial political geographies

Please send abstracts to and by Nov 12th.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Isaac Javier Rivera*, University of Washington, Situating the geoweb in/out racial capitalism 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Emma Mullaney*, The Pennsylvania Sate University, Policing the Farm’s Frontier: Agricultural Drones as an Enforcement Technology for Uneven Development 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Michelle Vasquez Ruiz*, University of Southern California, Undocumented Zapotec Mobilities 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Rocio Leon*, University of Southern California, Aesthetics, Gentrification, and Immigrant and Ethnic Business Districts in San Diego, CA 15 12:00 AM

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