Katherine McKittrick: “Abstracts of Intimacy”

Event time: 
Monday, October 20, 2008 (All day)
Location: 
Linsly-Chittenden Hall (LC), Room 211 See map
Event description: 

Katherine McKittrick serves as Professor of Women’s Studies at Queens University. Professor McKittrick researches in the areas of black studies, cultural geography, and gender studies.

Her publications include Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle and a recently published anthology titled Black Geographies and the Politics of Place. The latter represents an important theoretical intervention and account of the relationship between spatialization and politics.

Her lecture “Axis Bold as Love: On Sylvia Wynter, the Science of the Word, and More Humanly Workable Geographies—A Working Paper” explored “the ways in which the intellectual history of the black diaspora contributes to what… [she] calls more humanly workable geographies.” Her presentation departed from the seldom-examined work of Caribbean intellectual Sylvia Wynter in order to question what Professor McKittrick called the “normative conceptions of human geographies.”