Beyond Geographies of Race
About the talk
Enthusiasm for black geographies has grown significantly since it was formalized in the edited volume, Black Geographies and the Politics of Place. With an increase in the interest and application of this framework has come an increased potential for the misapplication of the aims defined in its origins. The time has come to redefine Black geographies and delineate it from geographies of race. In this article, we argue that though within the purview of geographies of race, Black geographies provides insights beyond this unit of study. We further that Black geographies is reliant upon a particular sight, valuations, methods, and liberatory practices. Moreover, we consider the question of whether non-Black people can contribute to this field of inquiry and to Black place-making. Finally, we provide examples of individuals who, authorized by a commitment to Black freedom struggles, replicated Black geographies in thought and deed.
About the speaker
Willie J. Wright is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. He studies the intersections of (anti)blackness and urban spatial change, particularly how black residents create and sustain a sense of place in working class communities.
Katherine McKittrick speaking on the subject of Black methodologies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68gIZJPt7rY