Articulating a Global Black Geographies

Authors: Victoria Okoye*, University of Sheffield, William Richardson*, Northwestern University
Topics: Ethnicity and Race, Geographic Thought
Keywords: Global, Black geographies, solidarity, race and racialization, settler colonialism, postcoloniality, decoloniality, Pan-Africanism
Session Type: Virtual Paper
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This introduction to the "Global Black Geographies" paper session series articulates our intentions behind co-organizing this paper session series as a contribution toward our coming together, as Black peoples, to continue learning, sharing, and building solidarities. In geography and related disciplines, a wide range of scholars push our critical understanding of the ways in which white supremacy, racism, and hegemonic race-based planning and design affect how we as Black peoples live, experience, navigate, and survive in urban spaces, as well as the diverse space-making practices that we employ to live, to subvert, to resist, to thrive, and to create communal and liberatory spaces. We proposed this paper session as a space in which we can traverse the geographical boundaries that often separate our theorizing and scholarly conversations. We envision a Black geographies that is global in nature, and that embraces the multiplicity from within which we speak to our own positionalities and distinct but overlapping heritages and lived experiences. This framework connects our ever-present and interrelated traumas of enslavement and colonization, through which a eurocentric modernity and our global, racialized, anti-black dehumanization, marginalization,and subjugation are shaped. We also consider the impact that this relational theorizing could have on our political praxis as Black peoples outside of academia.

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