The Gender, Place and Culture Jan Monk Distinguished Lecture: "Black Mediterranean Geographies"

Type: Virtual Panel
Sponsor Groups: Feminist Geographies Specialty Group, Black Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 54
Organizers: Lena Grip
Chairs: Lena Grip


Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography are proud to arrange the Annual Jan Monk Distinguished Lecture at AAG 2021

The lecture will be given by Camilla A. Hawthorne, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz

"Black Mediterranean Geographies"

In the wake of the 2015 Mediterranean refugee crisis, a growing number of scholars has increasingly turned to the “Black Mediterranean” as an analytical framework for understanding the historical and geographical specificities of Blackness in the Mediterranean region. This work draws upon and extends Paul Gilroy’s powerful theorizations of the Black Atlantic by asking how Blackness is constructed, lived, and transformed in a region that has been alternatively understood as a “cultural crossroads” at the heart of European civilization, a source of dangerous racial contamination, and—more recently—as the deadliest border crossing in the world. But the Black Mediterranean is not a claim to any incommensurable difference or exceptionalism. In my talk, I draw on insights from Black, feminist, and postcolonial geographies to argue that the Mediterranean--which currently occupies a marginal position in global theorizations of racisms that are typically oriented on North America and the Atlantic--is actually a relational space that offers profound insights about the organization of the modern world. I argue that new solidaristic political formations in the Black Mediterranean (which are, in many cases, led by Black women) have the potential to challenge heteropatriarchal, arborescent constructions of nation-as-racial-family, and should prompt us to rethink the categories of race, gender, citizenship, and Blackness on a global (rather than purely regional or methodologically nationalist) scale.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Lena Grip Karlstad University 5 8:00 AM
Panelist Camilla Hawthorne University of California - Santa Cruz 70 8:05 AM

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