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Black in Geography student-led talks

The Black in Geography seminar is a series organised by students in the Geography department at the University of Cambridge. We invite Black geographers (lecturers and students) to speak on Blackness, foregrounding Black voices and experiences in a discipline rooted in coloniality and normative whiteness. Our seminars are informal and we do not record them, to create a safe space for open discussion.

Organisers: Frédérique Fardin (, Matipa Mukondiwa ( and Ed Kiely (

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Black geographers:

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Decolonise Sociology:

Black in Geography: Blackness and Policing

Speaker: Dr. Wangui Kimari and Dr. Adam Elliot-Cooper

Time: 4.00pm, Thursday 19th May 2022

Location: Zoom

Please join us for the next session in the Black in Geography student-led seminar series, on Blackness and Policing.

The seminar takes place Thursday 19 May at 4pm BST on Zoom. We will share the Zoom link closer to the time.

The history of policing is bound up with the history of colonisation, and coloniality in the present. Policing techniques were central to imperial rule, with colonisers optimising carceral technologies and then exporting these to regimes and regions around the world. An international trade in policies, practices and weapons continues to shape contemporary policing.

At the same time, the history of policing is also a history of Black resistance. Black people – and in particular Black women – have played a central role in struggles against carcerality and policing. With visions of police abolition at the heart of movements for social justice, this session explores the global geographies of policing and Black resistance. How is policing across the world still marked by colonial logics? And how have different Black collectives and communities successfully fought back?

Our panel features two leading academics whose work examines these questions.

Dr. Wangui Kimari is an anthropologist whose work draws on many local histories and theoretical approaches in order to think through urban spatial management in Nairobi from the vantage point of its most marginalized residents. She is also the participatory action research coordinator for the Mathare Social Justice Centre (MSJC), a community-based organization in Mathare, Nairobi, and an editorial board member of the online publication Africa Is a Country.

Dr. Adam Elliott-Cooper is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of Black Resistance to British Policing (Manchester University Press, 2021).

We look forward to seeing many of you there.

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Previous seminars

  • 11th March 2022 - Professor Maano Ramutsindela (University of Cape Town), Assistant Professor Camilla Hawthorne (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Assistant Professor Kevon Rhiney (Rutgers University):
    BLACK IN GEOGRAPHY X RACE TALKS: Green Violence, Abolition Geographies and Black Repair. Details…
  • 7th March 2022 - Dr. James Esson - Loughborough University :
    Black in Geography - 7 March at 4pm GMT: Decolonial posturing and unethical citational politics . Details…
  • 21st January 2022 - Dr. Rudo Mudiwa (UC Irvine), Dr. James Esson (Loughborough University), and Dr. Victoria Okoye (Sheffield Hallam University):
    Black in Geography - Mobilities Across Boundaries . Details…
  • 22nd October 2021 - Dr. Jovan Scott Lewis (University of California Berkeley) and Cynthia Nkiruka Anyadi (Royal Holloway, University of London):
    Black in Geography Friday 22 October 4pm BST Black History Month Panel: Centring Blackness through Access and Research Practice . Details…
  • 7th May 2021 - Jazmin Scarlett (Independent Researcher) :
    Black in Geography Talk 7 May, 1-2pm. Details…
  • 12th March 2021 - Dr. Pat Noxolo University of Birmingham :
    Black in Geography Pat Noxolo Talk - 12th March 1-2pm . Details…

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