Creative Placemaking,
Black Restorative Ecologies,
and Black Spatial Futures

Reading List


We will meet throughout the semester to discuss both essential readings and emerging scholarship related to the seminar’s themes.

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Black Aliveness, Or A Poetics of Being by Kevin Quashie

“Black Ecologies: An Opening, An Offering” by Imani Jacqueline Brown

“Black Ecology” by Nathan Hare

Blackecologies zine edited by Justin Hosbey, J.T. Roane, Emerald Rutledge, and Teona Williams

Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C. by Ashanté M. Reese

Black Gathering: Art, Ecology, Ungiven Life by Sarah Jane Cervenak

Black Geographies and the Politics of Place edited by Katherine McKittrick and Clyde Woods

The Black Geographic: Praxis, Resistance, Futurity edited by Camilla Hawthorne and Jovan Scott Lewis

“Black Placemaking: Celebration, Play, and Poetry” by Marcus Anthony Hunter, Mary Patillo, Zandria F. Robinson, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

How Racism Takes Place by George Lipsitz

“Novel and History, Plot and Plantation” by Sylvia Wynter

Queer Times, Black Futures by Kara Keeling

“The Black Outside” by Joy Priest

Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Wild Girls: How the Outdoors Shaped the Women who Challenged a Nation by Tiya Miles