[Blackstudies-l] Call for Papers: Black Geographies
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ivetteromero posted: " Black Geographies: Insurgent Knowledge, Spatial
Poetics, and the Politics of Blackness is the title of a forthcoming
symposium hosted by the Geography Department at the University of
California-Berkeley on October 18-20, 2017. The deadline for submissio"
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<http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/> Call for Papers:
*Black Geographies: Insurgent Knowledge, Spatial Poetics, and the Politics
of Blackness is the title of a forthcoming symposium hosted by the
Geography Department at the University of California-Berkeley on October
18-20, 2017. The deadline for submission of abstracts (**250-300 words) is
June 16, 2017.*
*Description*: Black liberation movements around the world, from the
streets of Oakland and Ferguson to the shores of southern Europe, have
focused international conversations among activists, academics, and artists
on the importance of blackness to the geographical imagination.
Importantly, this dialogue has elucidated the possibilities of blackness
not only as a tool for understanding whiteness, non-being, and
social/physical death, but also as a radical framework for envisioning
liberation, social justice, and reconstruction. We invite our colleagues to
Black Geographies to discuss the possibilities of interdisciplinary work
oriented on black geographic thought. This symposium offers geography in
general, and black geographies specifically, as capacious fields of inquiry
that invite historical, political economic, sociological, and artistic
perspectives–as well as a range of “established” and alternative
The double valence of our use of “black geographies” refers both to the
ways that geography can be used to understand the complex, overlapping
spatialities of black life and the stretching of geographical knowledge
that takes place when scholars consciously center questions of race and
blackness. Katherine McKittrick’s important interventions, for instance,
employ the concept of “poetics” to describe those landscapes and places
that have been narratively and counter-conceptually created with blackness
as their source.
The symposium will be organized around the following set of interrelated
- What are the processes by which racial-spatial inequalities are
reproduced and contested? How do we create a black geographic praxis that
is equally attentive to the political economic and the poetic; to the
ecological and the quotidian?
- How can an empirically rigorous and critical approach to spatiality
contribute to conversations about fungibility, the legacies of enslavement,
and diasporic coordinates stretching beyond the Black Atlantic?
- How can centering Blackness and racism transform the way that we
think about spatiality and power, and what can this move bring to
cross-disciplinary understanding of the current political climate? And, how
does centering blackness across disciplines using a geographic framework
point to new possibilities for liberation and change?
Please submit abstracts to berkeleyblackgeography at gmail.com and include
your name, position, affiliation, and contact information.
For more information, see https://blackgeographies.
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