Racialization and Space

Geographers have utilized various approaches to studying race, including critical race studies, critical race feminism, and critical theories of race. A critical analysis of race can make explicit historical and geographical relationships of power and privilege. Race and racism are central to the strong geographic traditions of research on segregation, inequality, social justice, migration, mobility, post colonialism, and formal and informal economies. Looking at race through a geographic lens illustrates the role that space, place, scale, territory and boundaries play in theories and material experiences of race. Our department seeks to directly connect geographic concepts to core ideas in critical race theories and to question how theories of space and place contribute to our understandings of racial identities at different scales. We are also committed to examining how race intersects with other axes of social differentiation, such as gender, ethnicity, and caste. With these concepts, we aim to understand how processes of racialization are constructed, resisted and rebuilt. Finally, recognizing that studies of race remain closely connected to civil rights, feminist, and social justice movements, we encourage public scholarship and community engagement in line with the ideals of these traditions.