Reading for Injustice Across Historical Records

Type: Virtual Panel
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: Historical Geography Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PST)
Room: Virtual 37
Organizers: Jessica Miller, Elizabeth Sibilia
Chairs: Jessica Miller


This session brings together scholars whose research focuses on historic injustices or inequities through an engagement with archival and historical documents. Critical geographical work is grounded in history, but how do we, as geographers, engage the record of history? How do archives, historical data sets, and oral histories inform our research and allow us to look beyond the text on paper, especially when our projects attempt to disentangle spatial histories of inequality and injustice? What are methodological challenges of doing critical archival work and what strategies do we develop to move around them? This session, Reading for Injustice Across Historical Records, brings together scholars whose work addresses or seeks to address historical injustices and inequities. Though we recognize these are ongoing concerns for geographers we are interested in continuing these conversations, especially in light of recent efforts to digitize archives. Some of the questions this panel wishes to address include but are not limited to:
What are the different ways researchers engage historical data to theorize injustice and inequality?
How do researchers work with and through silences in the archives in constructing understandings of the past?
How do we work around the limits presented in archival research?
What gets left out in the process of digitizing the archive?
In what ways can we as geographers learn from other disciplines who are confronted with a similar set of methodological challenges?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Panelist Lauren Pearson University of California - Berkeley 15 1:30 PM
Panelist Nicholas Paskert Harvard University 15 1:45 PM
Panelist Margo Kleinfeld University of Wisconsin - Whitewater 15 2:00 PM
Panelist Ethan Bottone Northwest Missouri State University 15 2:15 PM
Panelist Monica Hernandez Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 15 2:30 PM

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