Black Geographies

Insurgent Knowledge, Spatial Poetics, and the Politics of Blackness

A Symposium Organized by the Black Geographies Project , University of California, Berkeley

Keynote by Katherine McKittrick & Concluding Remarks:

Session 5:

Sessions 4:

Sessions 2, 3 & Concluding Remarks:

Introduction and Panel 1, "Black Matters are Spatial Matters":

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, policymakers, and the UC Berkeley community 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.