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#AM3150 #oah19 Starting Future of Urban History panel with @mnj_b @klytlehernandez @elizabhinton @murchnik and @hthompsn in what may be the Marriott’s tiniest conference room.
@mnj_b @klytlehernandez @elizabhinton @murchnik @hthompsn #AM3150 #oah19 @mnj_b talking about work on Asian American organizing around race, class, gender, labor in New York City amid labor retrenchment and economic disruption of the 1970s
#AM3150 #oah19 @mnj_b by 1990s Committee Against Asian-American Violence shifting from individual acts of violence to focus on labor issues, eg exploitation of cab drivers, many of whom were South Asian
#AM3150 #oah19 @mnj_b CAAAV lacked resources of major labor union, but organizing efforts were seed of @NYTWA which became part of @AFLCIO
#AM3150 #oah19 @mnj_b’s research engages model minority myth that casts Asian Americans as upwardly mobile and apolitical bc CAAAV shows that Asian Americans fought for rights and dignity as workers
#AM3150 #oah19 @mnj_b’s work to preserve CAAAV’s archives brings us back to looking ahead to the future of urban history—records damaged in January 2018 bomb cyclone
#AM3150 #oah19 @mnj_b: future of urban history is told through precarious archives—like the ppl they serve, grassroots urban groups face violence, poverty, and neglect
#AM3150 #oah19 @elizabhinton points out that future of urban history is reflected in panel—driven by women and people of color, engaged with policy to intervene in urgent questions
#AM3150 #oah19 @elizabhinton urges us to do work *with* communities rather than *on* communities; points to @abufelix12’s work on history of St. Louis in collaboration with cultural producers and activists on the ground there
#AM3150 #oah19 @elizabhinton adds own work on racial reconciliation in police departments in wake of Ferguson, including work of recovering and building archive of police abuse and neglect
#AM3150 #oah19 @elizabhinton pushes urban history to move from focus on big Eastern cities to smaller cities like Ferguson, MO, Stockton, CA, and Saginaw, MI, in part because they can help us to understand what is going on in the bigger cities that anchor historiography
#AM3150 #oah19 @elizabhinton: for example, smaller places can help us understand zoning and the unequal distribution of resources in the wake of forced busing
#AM3150 #oah19 @elizabhinton: part of the problem is that these are often difficult and un-fun places to visit [which seems closely related to that issue of resource distribution]
#AM3150 #oah19 @klytlehernandez opens by IDing herself less as an urban historian than as a historian of immigration and borderlands between US and Mexico; book City of Inmates found that mass incarceration is process of mass elimination—it’s genocidal
#AM3150 #oah19 @klytlehernandez says that book led her back into community organizing work—the urgency of the issue brought her to an ethics of engagement, and leveraging resources of academia to get massive dataset of arrests
@klytlehernandez #AM3150 #oah19 @klytlehernandez: that led to Million Dollar Hoods, showing economic cost of locking people up for mental health and substance abuse issues milliondollarhoods.org
@klytlehernandez #AM3150 #oah19 @klytlehernandez: that includes community trainings (Black Girls Map) to make sure that affected communities have the tools to make these kinds of digital and data arguments
#AM3150 #oah19 @klytlehernandez: those arguments are powerful—recent report on arrests of black youth 13 and younger brought school district to the table to promise to stop arrests of youth under 14
@klytlehernandez #AM3150 #oah19 @klytlehernandez urges us to become more quant-savvy, to learn digital and data methods that incorporate critical race theory as we reimagine urban history
@klytlehernandez #AM3150 #oah19 @murchnik starts by thanking @hthompsn for making more space for women and scholars of color in world of urban history
@klytlehernandez @murchnik @hthompsn #AM3150 #oah19 @murchnik: social history of the city and urban history were siloed off from each other until relatively recently—urban history has become broader and more inclusive beyond built environment, planning, city leaders and elites
@klytlehernandez @murchnik @hthompsn #AM3150 #oah19 @murchnik: black women’s history has been foundational to shift in urban history, future lies in more work that examines intersections of race and gender
@klytlehernandez @murchnik @hthompsn #AM3150 #oah19 @murchnik also calls for turn from studies of poverty to studies of inequality because it lets us look at simultaneous processes like deindustrialization, gentrification, privatization through lens of racial capitalism
@klytlehernandez @murchnik @hthompsn #AM3150 #oah19 @murchnik shouts out younger scholars at forefront of carceral state scholarship: @mfkantor and @SimonBalto (they both have new books out!)
#AM3150 #oah19 @mfkantor’s is Policing Los Angeles: Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD from @uncpressblog uncpress.org/book/978146964…
@mfkantor @uncpressblog #AM3150 #oah19 @SimonBalto’s is Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power, also from @uncpressblog
uncpress.org/book/978146964…
@mfkantor @uncpressblog @SimonBalto Also getting a big shout-out: @madameclair08’s Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City's Underground Economy for telling story of informal economy through he lives of black women entrepreneurs press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/…
@mfkantor @uncpressblog @SimonBalto @madameclair08 #AM3150 #oah19 @murchnik: that work on formal/informal economy is important to carceral state/War on Drugs story because criminalization of drug use in black/brown communities happened alongside deregulation of pharmaceutical marketing to consumers
@mfkantor @uncpressblog @SimonBalto @madameclair08 @murchnik #AM3150 #oah19 @murchnik: that story yields the current opioid epidemic—story changes when you look at licit and illicit drugs together in the same frame as public health and incarceration scholarship
#AM3150 #oah19 an aside: activists have targeted institutions that accept donations from Sackler family, owners of company that makes OxyContin, and there are direct connections from that work back to AIDS and healthcare activism newyorker.com/news/our-colum…
#AM3150 #oah19 @melanienewport adds to @mnj_b point about doing scholarship when “the rent is too damn high” by bringing in resource and labor conditions in the academy—programs that are under assault and institutions that are being defunded, while conference “suspends belief"
#AM3150 #oah19 Renewing Inequality project by @UR_DSL connects @elizabhinton’s call for focus on small cities and @klytlehernandez’s call to do data work—shows of communities of color by urban renewal in places like Norfolk and Little Rock dsl.richmond.edu/renewinginequa…
@UR_DSL @elizabhinton @klytlehernandez #AM3150 #oah19 @mnj_b: important to understand urban actors as engaged with political economies beyond borders of city and nation—clearer in story of Asian-American immigrants
#AM3150 #oah19 picking up thread about academic resources and working with communities, @hthompsn suggests that we as researchers be “resource providers” rather than “resource extractors” (I would also suggest “resource co-creators”)
@hthompsn #AM3150 #oah19 in response to @mnj_b story about @caaav archives, @amhistdirector raises issue of climate change and precarity of archives and cultural resources [certainly this is something that we think about in Miami]
@hthompsn @mnj_b @caaav @amhistdirector #amh3150 #oah19 what’s the end goal of urban history? how do you balance academics and activism? @mnj_b: open borders; @elizabhinton: to end inequality; @klytlehernandez: important that Million Dollar Hoods is owned by community, doesn’t play by academic rules
@hthompsn @mnj_b @caaav @amhistdirector @elizabhinton @klytlehernandez #amh3150 #oah19 @murchnik: uncomfortable with oral history language of “incorporating voices” because it suggests adding interviews to archives; better to understand analysis emerging from grassroots, let that shape what questions we take to the archive
@hthompsn @mnj_b @caaav @amhistdirector @elizabhinton @klytlehernandez @murchnik #amh3150 #oah19 @murchnik: we have to take analysis of the community seriously, ask why people have narratives that they do rather than to ask whether they are true or false
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