I am thrilled to be co-organizing the symposium "Black Geographies: Insurgent Knowledge, Spatial Poetics, and the Politics of Blackness" along with Jovan Lewis, Sharad Chari, and Kaily Heitz. This event will take place from October 11-12, 2017 at UC Berkeley and will feature a cross-disciplinary slate of speakers and panelists discussing the theoretical, methodological, and political possibilities of Black geographies.
From the symposium 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 inequality, whiteness, non-being, and social/physical death, but also as a radical framework for envisioning liberation, social justice, and reconstruction.
We invite researchers, organizers, community stakeholders, and policymakers to Black Geographies to discuss the possibilities of work oriented around 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 methodologies.
For more information, and to register to attend the symposium, please visit https://sites.google.com/view/berkeleyblackgeography.