Black Geographies

“Black matters are spatial matters” (Katherine McKittrick, 2006). Practices of Black life, resistance, and survival are inseparable from the production of space. Decades of work within and beyond the discipline have centered Black Geographies frameworks in re/considering humanness, cities, regional blocs, social movements, faith, identities, and structural inequalities. Black-oriented epistemologies operate in resistance to reductionary claims on Black spaces, places, theories, and methods.

Timely to the 2018 AAG Meeting in New Orleans, Development Drowned and Reborn: The Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans (2017) by the late Clyde Woods reminds us of the long-standing, innovative work of Black life and resilience prominently weaved into the fabric of New Orleans and incorporates the movement for Black freedom in and beyond the region. In the spirit of Clyde Woods, contributions to the Black Geographies theme will address the meaningful role of Black communities and individuals as they advance  the production of geographic knowledge and space-making practices. Likewise, contributions will encourage the critical reflection on the issues, processes, intrinsic qualities, and interconnections that shape Black lives and geographies on local, national, continental, and international scales.

Theme Committee

LaToya Eaves (Co-Chair), Assistant Professor, Global Studies and Human Geography, Women's and Gender Studies, Middle Tennessee State University
Aretina Hamilton (Co-Chair), Doctoral Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky
Matthew Cook, Assistant Professor: Cultural Geography and Historic Preservation, Eastern Michigan University
Priscilla McCutcheonAssistant Professor of Pan African Studies and Geography/Geosciences, University of Louisville
Willie Wright, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Florida State University
Sharlene Mollett, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto
Perry Carter, Assistant Professor, Human Geography, Texas Tech University

Please direct all theme-related queries to blackgeographies@aag.org. Theme participants are encouraged to share via social media using the hashtags #AAG2018 and #BlackGeographies.