Call for Panelists - Tracing Black Queer Spatialities : Theory and Praxis in Black Geographies

Publié le 18 octobre 2017 par Institut du Genre

Call for Panelists
Tracing Black Queer Spatialities : Theory and Praxis in Black Geographies
Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers
New Orleans
April 10 - 14, 2018

Session organizers : Christopher Smith (University of Toronto), Rae Rosenberg (York University) and Watufani Poe (Brown University)

This series of panels aims to generate a robust conversation among geographers and scholars whose research attends to the relationship of Black LGBTQ subjects and the spaces they inhabit, challenge, and (de)construct. With "Tracing Black Queer Spatialities" we invite a consideration of the fruitful opportunities that may arise when Black and queer geographic analytics are held in a sustained and combined dialogue. Emerging within a post-empirical turn within geographic thought (Peake & Shein, 2000), Black and queer geographic analyses attune themselves to spatial formations that do not immediately or necessarily register within a diagrammatic imperative. As such, the organizers understand Black queer geographies as inherently ephemeral spatial formations. With this in mind, such spatial enactments demand a variety of methodological approaches reliant on forms of (re)memory, archival engagement, and ethnographic representation, to name a few.

We invite panelists to consider the following questions, among many others : how might a Black queer geographic analysis attend to the concomitant manner in which capital enables and simultaneously displaces Black queer and trans spatial embodiments and formations ? How do Black queer and trans diasporas register as "globally scattered populations not necessarily visible through diagrammatic representation ; the Black Atlantic" (McKittrick, 2017) ? How has a potential homo-masculinist tendency in early Black queer theorizing obfuscated informative critical hermeneutics such as Black feminist theorizing of space ? How might literary and cinematic archives offer spatial clues to theorize Black queer and trans geographies ?

Possible topics might include but are not limited to :

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Black queer diaspora(s)
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Black queer performance and space
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Precarious emplacements (i.e. homelessness, gentrification, displacement, incarceration)
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Circuits of political activism
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Black queer feminisms
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Festivals and other public performances
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Black queer and trans counter-publics & subcultures
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Black Queer Tourism / Black Erotic Tourism
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Digital formations and connectivities
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Black trans studies
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HIV/AIDS and geographies of health
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Media & literary representations of Black queer and trans spatialities
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Historical & "forgotten" spaces
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Intersections of Black / crip / queer
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Black trans embodiments and community formations
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Black and Indigenous queer solidarities

We are looking for panelists with a wide range of interests and disciplinary backgrounds. If you would like to participate, please send a 100 word abstract explaining your work and interest in the panel by Monday, October 23rd to Christopher Smith at cg.smith[at]mail.utoronto.ca

All interested participants will be notified upon receipt of the abstract. Upon confirmation all participants must be registered for the annual meeting by Monday, October 30th.

http://annualmeeting.aag.org/register

References :
McKittrick, K. (July 31, 2017). Austin Clarke’s Books, <http://puritan-magazine.com/austin-...> The Puritan.

Peake, L. and Shein, R. H. (2000). Racing geography into the new millennium : studies of ’race’ and North American geographies. Social & Cultural Geography 1(2), 133-142.