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Conservation Research Institute


The Geographies of Racial Capitalism (Panel Discussion)

Co-Hosted with the Cambridge SU BME Campaign

  • Brandi Thompson Summers, University of California Berkeley
  • Anne Bonds, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Ashok Kumar, Birkbeck University of London

Brandi T. Summers, PhD is assistant professor of Geography and Global Metropolitan Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines the relationship between and function of race, space, urban infrastructure, and architecture. Her book, Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City (UNC Press, 2019), explores how aesthetics and race converge to map blackness in Washington, D.C. and demonstrates the way that competing notions of blackness structure efforts to raise capital and develop land in the gentrifying city. Dr. Summers has published several articles and essays that analyze the relationship between race, power, aesthetics, and urbanization that appear in both scholarly and popular publications, including New York Times, The Boston, Globe, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), Public Books, and The Funambulist. Dr. Summers is a member of the Editorial Collectives at City and ACME, and is on the editorial boards of Urban Geography, AAG Review of Books, and City & Community.

Anne Bonds is associate professor of Geography and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).  Anne is feminist geographer whose research interests include race and racialization, urban political economy and community development, and critical carceral studies. She is an editor of Urban Geography, chair of the Urban Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), c0-Chair of the Critical Prisons Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA), and a Senior Fellow at the UWM Center for Economic Development. Anne is a co-founder of Transforming Justice, a youth-centered project exploring policing and segregation in Milwaukee through storytelling and documentary filmmaking. She is also a co-PI of Mapping Racism and Resistance in Milwaukee County, a project mapping all racially restrictive covenants filed in Milwaukee County - and Black resistance to them - between the years of 1910 and 1960. Her research is published in a variety of outlets, including The Annals of the Association of Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, Urban Geography, Social and Cultural Geography, and the Sociological Review

Ashok Kumar is a lecture of political economy at Birkbeck University. His most recent book is Monopsony Capitalism Power and Production in the Twilight of the Sweatshop Age (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 973 8101 4518 
Passcode: 082731 

Wednesday, 10 February, 2021 - 18:00