Akin to the way that racial thinking marks and makes human difference, geographic knowledge and its modes of representation mark differences—above from below ground, land from water, here from there, mine from yours. The field of Black Geographies challenges and reimagines modernity’s production of space (and time), one that has been abstracted by the metrics of markets and politics. Black Counter Cartographies brings together diverse scholars, artists, and designers in a series of conversations exploring the spatial practices of Black life across the diaspora and how they construct “counter cartographies” of sociality, imagination and liberation.
Donette Francisis the founding co-director for the Center for Global Black Studies and past director the American Studies Program at the University of Miami. An Associate Professor of English and inaugural member of the Hemispheric Caribbean Studies Collective, her research and writing investigate place, aesthetics and cultural politics in the African Diaspora. Professor. Francis is the author ofFictions of Feminine Citizenship: Sexuality and the Nation in Contemporary Caribbean Literature. She is currently working on two book projects: "Illegibilities:Caribbean Cosmopolitanisms and the Problem of Form",an intellectual history of the Anglophone Caribbean’s transnational literary culture, 1940-1970; andCreole Miami: Black Arts in the Magic City, a sociocultural history of black arts practice in Miami from 1970s to present.
Faren Humesis an artist + filmmaker from Florida whose work has screened with jury recognition at Berlinale, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, SXSW, AFI Fest, Chicago International Film Festival and Miami Film Festival. Faren has held fellowships with United States Artists, Guggenheim Foundation, Oolite and Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute. Faren is currently furthering a body of work concerning the continuation and interconnectedness of Black Miami.
Fall Semester Events Co-Sponsors
Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race-Columbia University
Department of Art History & Archaeology -Columbia University
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation- Columbia University
Institute for Comparative Literature & Society-Columbia University
Institute for the Study of Sexuality & Gender-Columbia University
The School of the Arts-Colombia University