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Geography Speaker Series: Dr. LaToya Eaves

Drapetomania: Tracing the Liberatory Practices of Black Placemaking

Date: Time: 4:00 pm
Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center Room: 202 – Ubuntu
1505 S Street
Lincoln NE 68588-0450
Additional Info: GAUN
Contact: Dr. Robert Shepard, (402) 472-2411, rshepard2@unl.edu
Dr. LaToya Eaves, Middle Tennessee State University: Black bodies are core spatial actors in the construction of place. Black geographies as crucial sites of knowledge production require attention to both the embodied experiences and material realities. As such, categorical frameworks for identifying and studying Black subjects do not necessarily take into account multivariate space-making practices, varied geographic locations (inter- and intra-nationally), interactions with the natural environment, and historical spatial transformations. In fact, categorical frameworks have dismissed the legibilities and human agency of Black subjects, as in the case of drapetomania, one of many forms of scientific racism that attempted to diagnose the desire for Black freedom as a form of madness. Rather than being conceived of as madness, the desire for Black freedom and liberation signals the reimagination and redevelopment of the specificities that are rendered ungeographic.

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