Black Geographies

“Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society’s definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference — those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are Black, who are older – know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master’s house as their only source of support.”

-Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

This is an excerpt from the selected reading for a workshop, Black Geographies, which I designed for the Glasgow Short Film Festival. The workshop is designed to open up discussion of themes that include concepts of place-making, space, mobility, oppression, and black life across landscapes (both physical and other).

Key case studies focus on issues of land and possession in South America and Southern Africa, apartheid and segregation (spatial disciplining), visas, borders, and immigration, citizenship and displacement. The city is positioned as a site of contention where architecture, transport and mobility, carceral geography, surveillance, gentrification, housing crises, and economic divides are examined.