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Scholars Receive Support for Urban Geography Workshop

November 27, 2017

Willie Wright and Adam Bledsoe, both assistant professors in the Department of Geography, have been awarded the Urban Geography Journal Workshop/Seminar Award.

Along with colleague Yousuf Al-Bulushi of Goucher College in Baltimore, they will conduct a workshop titled "The Future of (anti)Blackness in the American Metropole" during the Fall 2019 semester. The event will be hosted at Goucher and another, as yet undetermined, community location.

"This workshop offers a unique opportunity to merge theories and practices of urban social justice," Bledsoe said. "Addressing these topics as they pertain to Black majority cities is particularly important given the current national focus on race, racism and dominant economic tendencies."

The two-day workshop will convene leading scholars and organizers to discuss the exploitation of majority Black municipalities and Black communities under the "neoliberal revolution." The organizers seek to dialogue and devise ways communities may self-organize to foster social, economic, and political enfranchisement.

"it is important that the forthcoming workshop not only acknowledges the challenges communities face but that it highlights community residents and organizations that are planning and implementing alternative economic, political and communal practices," Wright said.

The journal makes the award to foster a greater focus on cutting-edge themes within the field of urban geography. The $2,500 seed grant will help support the workshop, augmented by planning support from the Center of Geographies of Justice at Goucher College and the Department of Geography at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

Read more about urban geography, understanding Black cities and the Black experience in cities on the college blog here.