🧵Introducing the alumni of the Cartographies of Racial Justice Summer Institute @Cornell University. Receiving $2,000 each, 30 participants were selected out of 350 for a two-week experiment in speculative design co-led by me and @shannonmgleeson . Image
1/ I produced this video to commemorate the events of the 2021 Summer Institute. It took us over three months of nonstop planning and was so worth it to be led by a brilliant community of minds on the topics of race, dispossession, migration, and climate crisis.
2/ We began with three inspiring keynotes by leading thinkers and artists: @NatalieGDiaz , @EmmaDabiri , & @DrYoFiggy ImageImageImage
3/ We hosted a series of mapping workshops for the participants by @elotroalex , Michelle Thompson-Gumbs, Aly Wane. We were also led on the map quest by cartography mentors @mapmakerdavid and @shannonmattern . ImageImage
4/ We organized two roundtables: 1) @platanoclassics and @ANaomiPaik on rightlessness, Dominican marronage, and sanctuary. 2) @AishaAriella and @samiahenni in conversation on coloniality and mapping Algeria and Palestine. More on this to be featured soon in @PublicBooks! ImageImage
5/ Look out for the podcast featuring 6 episodes produced by our sound production team David Gonzalez and Jesse Sgambati who produced original music for the participants. Image
6/ Kelsey Moore (she/her) is PhD Student in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University. Her research asks: what does a forced migration of the dead entail for the spiritual, epistemic, and ecological health of the living? Image
7/ Esmeralda Arrizón-Palomera is a DACAmented scholar. She earned her Ph.D. in. English Language and Literature at Cornell University in 2020. Her work examines undocumentedness in US Latinx and African American literature and culture.
8/ Lydia Camel received her B.S. in geography from Michigan State University and worked as a sustainability and community development professional. Her research interest is in the role of design and the designer in displacement, through mechanisms of gentrification.
9/ Nancy Morales is an Indigenous (Zapotec) Latinx anti-racist feminist scholar-activist who is a doctoral candidate in the department of Feminist Studies at the University of California of Santa Barbara.
10/ Monica Bernal is a PhD. student in Latin American and Iberian Cultures (Columbia University). Born and raised in Mexico City. She’s interested in the dynamic potential of pictorial mapping.
11/ Citlali Sosa-Riddell recently completed her Ph.D. at UCLA in Latino borderlands history. She is working on her book about the making of race and Republicanism among the Californios.
12/ Rewa Phansalkar attained a bachelor of architecture in 2017 from the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai, and worked as a project architect and researcher for two years before pursuing a master of regional planning at Cornell AAP.
13/ Judith Salcido is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation from Ajo, AZ. She is a doctoral student in the Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies (TLS) program at the University of Arizona.
14/ Austin Kocher’s research interests focus on the political and legal geographies of immigration enforcement, policing, and the immigration court system.
15/ Christin Washington is a rising 2nd year PhD Student and Flagship Fellow in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Graduate Assistant with the African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities initiative.
16/ Ryan Persadie is an artist, educator, and researcher based in Toronto, Canada. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Women and Gender Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies at the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.
17/ Atif M. Khan is a researcher, writer and curator exploring text, image and curatorial practice based in what is currently called Rexdale, Toronto.
18/ Andrea Chung is a visual artists who explores themes of labor and materials and their relationships with postcolonial countries. She is interested in the imbued histories that materials carry and how they also carry long lasting effects of colonialism.
19/ Priyanka Sen is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Architecture & Urban Development at Cornell. Her research approach employs a critical methodology that examines the historical consequences stemming from the racialization of the built environment.
20/ Juhwan Seo is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Cornell University, where he is affiliated with the Asian American Studies, Latinx Studies, and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Programs.
21/ Heidi Amin-Hong is an interdisciplinary scholar of war, empire, and Asian American/diasporic culture. Their current project examines the impact of American militarism in Southeast Asia on the environment in Asian diasporic and Indigenous Pacific culture.
22/ Tauren Nelson is a 3rd year social policy PhD student at Brandeis University in the Economic and Racial Equity Concentration. Her work engages Black feminism(s), Black fugitivity, and Placemaking through forms of Black independent communities.
23/ Melanie Puka is a descendant of Tokelau and Samoa, born in New Zealand. She is a doctoral candidate in Geography at Louisiana State University.
24/ André Nascimento is a Ph.D. student of Spanish in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell, and a fellow in the Latin American Studies program. His primary field is post-dictatorial Southern Cone literature.
25/ Christopher Roberts is an Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design from Baltimore, Maryland. As a Black Studies scholar, you can usually find him somewhere unraveling Black geographies of memory, forgetting, and power.
26/ @EssahCozett Díaz is a Liberian-American poet, organizer, and PhD candidate specializing in Literature and Language of the English-speaking Caribbean at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.
27/ Reighan Gillam is an Assistant Professor in the dept of Anthropology at USC. Her research and book (in production) Visualizing Black Lives, examines the ways Afro-Brazilian media producers foment anti-racist visual politics through their image creations.
28/ Ana Ozaki (she/her) is a Brazilian architect, planner, and historian. She is currently a PhD Candidate in History of Architecture and Urban Development at Cornell, working on her dissertation “New Brazils in Africa."
29/ Amanda Pinheiro is a journalist and a PhD candidate in Global Studies at UCSB. Her research examines the intersection of Global anti-Blackness, humanitarian migration policy and immigrant resistance in Brazil, Mexico and the US.
30 @ericavioletlee a nêhiyaw poet, Native community organizer, & urban scholar from inner-city Saskatoon, imagines everyday thriving for Native people fr the hood to the rez is the sweetest resistance to a cruel colonial empire, one much more fragile than we're taught to believe.
31/ Randa Tawil is an assistant professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies at Texas Christian University. Her book manuscript, “Tracking Empire: Syrian Migrants, Middlemen, and the Routes of Race in America” follows the itineraries of migrants from Ottoman Syria.
32/ Hashem Abushama is a doctoral candidate in human geography at the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment. His research explores the relationship between Palestinian cultural politics, urban renewal/expansion, and settler colonial erasure.
33/ Anisa Jackson is an artist, writer, DJ and curator based in New York. They are a PhD student in American Studies at NYU where they study racial capitalism, Black geographies, and urban studies.
34/ Nisrin Elamin is an Assistant Professor of International Studies at Bryn Mawr College. Her work focuses on land dispossession, Gulf extractivism and the militarization of borders in the Sahel and beyond.
35/ @Elspeth_Iralu (Angami Naga) is an Indigenous scholar working at the intersection of geography, cultural studies, and Indigenous studies. She is a doctoral candidate in American studies at the University of New Mexico.
Last but not least, special thx to @shannonmgleeson. I’ve never been so supported by a senior colleague. We spent over 100 hours planning and organizing a team of over ten folks to make the magic of this summer experiment happen. Thanks to @BeattyRiedl for choosing us to lead! ImageImage
Thanks also to Tatiana Esh, Alli Arteaga, and many more for their dedicated administrative support! It takes an ecosystem of folks advocating and working to make something so important happen.

Look out for publications and podcasts that emerged from the convening.

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