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“No One Knows the Mysteries at the Bottom of the Ocean”

From: Black Geographies


Introduction to the themes of the book. Found in black geographies are a history of brutal segregation and erasure, but also processes that inform a different or new approach to the production of space. these kinds of socio-spatial events provide a way to start thinking about how the lives of subaltern subjects are shaped by, and are shaping, the imaginative, three-dimensional, social, and political contours of human geographies.



Katherine McKittrick

Katherine McKittrick lives in Toronto and teaches gender studies, critical race studies, and indigenous studies at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. Her interdisciplinary research examines questions of socio-spatial justice in the black diaspora—particularly through creative texts (poetry, music, fiction). She is the author of Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle (2006) and is researching the writings of Sylvia Wynter.

Clyde Woods

Clyde Woods lives in Santa Barbara, California, and teaches in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research examines the relationship between regional political economy and African American social and cultural movements. He also works on the blues as a central black aesthetic, social research epistemology, and development tradition. Woods is the author of Development Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi Delta (1998). His projects include manuscripts and development projects on Los Angeles, New Orleans, and blues/hip hop.