Abolition in Digital Geographies

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Black Geographies Specialty Group Curated Track
Sponsor Groups: Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group, Latinx Geographies Specialty Group, Black Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 10
Organizers: Isaac Rivera, Daniel Gonzalez
Chairs: Isaac Rivera

Call for Submissions

We seek engagement in the following themes:

Engagements with Black Geographies, Decolonial and Indigenous Geographies, Latinx Geographies, Asian and Oceanic geographies, aimed toward abolition geographies.
Abolition on Stolen Land
Digital Geographies & Freedom as a Place
Presence in Digital Geographies
Queer of color code/space
Colonial infrastructures
Refusing visual and digital regimes
Indigenous feminisms of refusal
Data bodies
Digital bordering
Decolonial political geographies

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, this session will be hosted in digital form. We thank you for your understanding.

Please send abstracts to irivera@uw.edu and dagonza2@illinois.edu by November 15.


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Abolition in Digital Geographies

Drawing from Ruth Wilson Gilmore's insight that abolition requires us to "change everything," this session contends that "everything" includes how geographers engage digitality. We are hesitant of trends in this arena that solely focus on the "ontics, aesthetics, and discourses" (Ash, J., Kitchin, R., & Leszczynski, A. 2018) of digital phenomena, as well as trends that champion geographic science and technology without placing these material practices into larger histories and structures of racialized criminalization, exploitation, and dispossession. With these concerns in mind, we seek papers that attend to the multiple digital geographies where abolition already exist even if only in "fragments and pieces, experiments and possibilities" (Gilmore, 2018). We are committed to materialist critiques of racial capitalism and ongoing settler colonialism, so we request papers that foreground the Black Radical Tradition, Red Power, Chicanx power, intersectional feminist, and queer of color critique among other anti-capitalist and decolonial global traditions of praxis and resistance to inquire into how we might engage abolition (Estes, 2019; Goeman, 2013; Pulido, 2006; Robinson, 2000; Simpson, 2017) in an increasingly digitally mediated world.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Eman Ghanayem*, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Waze and Settler Colonial Technologies of Spatial Control 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Rocio Leon*, University of Southern California, Immigrant and Ethnic Businesses in San Diego 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Emily Kaufman*, University of Kentucky, Beyond a Discourse of Fear: Recognizing Casual Refusals to Regimes of Digitality Policing Children’s Lives 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Emma Slager*, University of Washington - Tacoma, Where Freedom Dreams Meet Sociotechnical Imaginaries 15 8:45 AM
Discussant Isaac Rivera University of Washington 15 9:00 AM

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