Creative Placemaking,
Black Restorative Ecologies,
and Black Spatial Futures

Plac(e)ing Black Futures

A Graduate Symposium

Friday, April 26 | 12:45 – 5:30pm 
Car Barn Room 204 (3520 Prospect St NW)
Catered Courtyard Reception to Follow


Complete Symposium Schedule

Join us to hear from emerging voices researching the intersections of Black placemaking, futurity, and ecology

Taking seriously the politics, particularities, and potentialities of place, the 2023-2024 Mellon Sawyer Seminar at Georgetown University explores the creative placemaking of historical and contemporary Black subjects and communities; the stewardship of land, resources, and relationships in restorative Black ecological practices past and present; and, the openings for Black spatial futures informed by and grounded in these considerations of space and place. As part of the Seminar, we are excited to offer a forum for emergent scholars at institutions across the DMV region who engage these questions and related lines of interdisciplinary inquiry.

Panel 1: Black Placemaking in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Moderated by Dr. Amani Morrison

Commemoration versus Community: The Establishment of the National Park Service’s Chimborazo Medical Museum in Richmond, Virginia in the 1950s
Laura Fretwell, George Mason University

“Any Piece of Land We Can Claim”: Black Power Legacies and the Politics of Urban Agriculture in Contemporary Washington, D.C.
Dominique Hazzard, Johns Hopkins University

The “Chief Haunts” of Washington: Insurgent Geographies of Black Alley Life in D.C.
Brendan Hornbostel, The George Washington University

“To Become a Part of a Society that is Meaningful”: A History of the Ella Jo Baker Intentional Community Cooperative
Jessica Rucker, The University of Maryland – College Park

Panel 2: Embodied Epistemologies of Refusal and Reimagination
Moderated by Dr. Carlyn Ferrari

Eco-literary Epistemologies in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God
Sabrina Bramwell, Howard University

Unbound By Time and Space: Black Food Geographies as Sites of Aliveness
Cambria Conley, The University of Maryland – College Park

Activist Ethnography, Mutual Aid, and the Myth of Objectivity
Raychel Gadson, Johns Hopkins University

Panel 3: Forging Otherwise Worlds Amidst Dystopia and Empire
Moderated by Dr. Zandria Robinson

Outside the Constitution But Under the Flag: African American Migratory Politics in the Insular Territories
Matthew Rohn, The George Washington University

“Space could be our future”: Parable of the Sower and the Unmoored Spatial Project of Earthseed
Isaiah Washington, Georgetown University

Aman Iman, Water is Life: Mapping Marinescapes in Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon
Paola Yuli, Howard University

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