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.
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
Refusing visual and digital regimes
Indigenous feminisms of refusal
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by November 15.
Ash, J., Kitchin, R., & Leszczynski, A. (2018). Digital turn, digital geographies? Progress in Human Geography, 42(1), 25-43.
Benjamin, R. (2019). Race after technology: Abolitionist tools for the new jim code. Social forces.
Browne, S. (2015). Dark matters: On the surveillance of blackness: Duke University Press.
Chua, C., Danyluk, M., Cowen, D., & Khalili, L. (2018). Introduction: Turbulent circulation: Building a critical engagement with logistics. Environment and Planning D: Society and space, 36(4), 617-629.
De Lara, J. (2018). Inland shift: Race, space, and capital in Southern California: University of California Press.
Duarte, M. E. (2017). Network sovereignty: Building the Internet across Indian country: University of Washington Press.
Elwood, S. (2020). Digital geographies, feminist relationality, Black and queer code studies: Thriving otherwise. Progress in Human Geography.
Elwood, S., & Leszczynski, A. (2018). Feminist digital geographies. Gender, Place, & Culture, 1-16.
Estes, N. (2019). Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance: Verso.
Eubanks, V. (2018). Automating inequality: How high-tech tools profile, police, and punish the poor: St. Martin's Press.
Gieseking, J. J. (2019). Digital. Keywords in Radical Geography: Antipode at 50, 85-89.
Gilmore, R. W. (2007). Golden gulag: Prisons, surplus, crisis, and opposition in globalizing California (Vol. 21): University of California Press.
Gilmore, R. W. (2017). Abolition geography and the problem of innocence. In Futures of Black Radicalism (pp. 57-77): Verso.
Gilmore, R. W. (2018) MAKING ABOLITION GEOGRAPHY IN CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL VALLEY WITH RUTH WILSON GILMORE/Interviewer: L. LAMBERT. The Funambulist.
Goeman, M. (2013). Mark my words: Native women mapping our nations: University of Minnesota Press.
González, D. (2019). Logistical Borderlands: Latinx Migrant Labor in The Information Age. Society & Space(Forum on Latinx Geographies).
Heynen, N., & Ybarra, M. (2020). On abolition ecologies and making "freedom as a place". Antipode.
Hunt, D., & Stevenson, S. (2017). Decolonizing geographies of power: indigenous digital counter-mapping practices on turtle Island. Settler Colonial Studies, 7(3), 372-392.
Jefferson, B. (2020). Digitize and Punish: Racial Criminalization in the Digital Age: University of Minnesota Press.
Jefferson, B. J. (2018a). Policing, data, and power-geometry: intersections of crime analytics and race during urban restructuring. Urban Geography, 39(8), 1247-1264.
Jefferson, B. J. (2018b). Predictable policing: Predictive crime mapping and geographies of policing and race. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 108(1), 1-16.
Lucchesi, A. H. e. (2019). Indigenous Trauma Is Not a Frontier: Breaking Free from Colonial Economies of Trauma and Responding to Trafficking, Disappearances, and Deaths of Indigenous Women and Girls. American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 43(3), 55-68.
Melamed, J. (2011). Represent and destroy: Rationalizing violence in the new racial capitalism: University of Minnesota Press.
Noble, S. (2016). Algorithms of oppression. In: New York, NY: New York University Press.
Pulido, L. (2006). Black, brown, yellow, and left: Radical activism in Los Angeles: University of California Press.
Robinson, C. (2000). Black Marxism: The making of the Black radical tradition: University of North Carolina Press.
Rose, G. (2016). Cultural geography going viral. Social & Cultural Geography, 17(6), 763-767.
Safransky, S. (2019). Geographies of Algorithmic Violence: Redlining the Smart City. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
Simpson, L. B. (2017). As we have always done: Indigenous freedom through radical resistance: University of Minnesota Press.
Tuck, E. (2009). Suspending damage: A letter to communities. Harvard Educational Review, 79(3), 409-428.
Ybarra, M. (2020). Site Fight! Toward the Abolition of Immigrant Detention on Tacoma's Tar Pits (and Everywhere Else). Antipode.
|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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