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Radical geographer at Wits

- By Wits University

Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore from the City University of New York, a recipient of the 2014 Harold M. Rose Award for Anti-Racism Research and Practice will deliver a public lecture during the Institute for Geographies of Justice, an international conference taking place from 22 – 26 June 2015 at Wits University.

Wilson Gilmore, author of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in Globalizing California and founding member, along with Professor Angela Davis of Critical Resistance, a coalitional social movement fighting structural racism through the American prison-industrial complex, is one of the plenary speakers at the Antipode Foundation's 5th Institute for Geographies of Justice (IGJ). The IGJ is a workshop to train aspiring and emerging radical geographers.

“As we think about an absolutely post-racial world in South Africa, questions concerning geography have much broader relevance. The ‘radical’ in ‘radical geography’ points to the importance of fundamental change, of going to the root of things and to changing the ways in which we make, use, disrupt, or reinvent, for instance, particular places, transport systems, infrastructures, or ways of being in the city,” explains Wits scholar, Sharad Chari.

“‘Radical geography’ offers an interdisciplinary and critical approach to issues of spatial dynamics – for instance, of the problems of desegregating the legacies of colonial or apartheid infrastructure and their contemporary reincarnations, or of building inclusive urban geographies,” continues says Chari.

Wilson Gilmore’s talk titled Extraction: Abolition Geography and the Problem of Innocence takes place at Constitution Hill on Monday, 22 June 2015 at 17:30 for 18:00. Themba Ntuli, Acting CEO of the Constitution Hill will deliver the opening remarks and Ruth Hopkins from the Wits Justice Project, will offer a local perspective to her address. All are invited to attend this lecture and other public lectures.

The lecture will examine the gendered role of mass criminalisation and incarceration in the everyday life of contemporary racial capitalism.

The Wits Faculty of Humanities is proud to be a partner of this international five-day event featuring eminent scholars and activists who will engage critically with theoretical, methodological, and activist issues in the fields of radical geography and social justice, along with a range of associated professional, practical, and career-development matters pertinent to young and emerging scholars.