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Cartographies of Racial Violence


Theme: Microaggressions: Conceptual, Research, and Practice/Intervention Implications; Freedom of Expression and Race: Considerations, Tensions, and Contradictions
Project Title: Cartographies of Racial Violence
GranteeJaime Alves, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York (CUNY) and Associate Researcher at the Centro de Estudios Afrodiaspóricos of Universidad Icesi, Colombia
Grant Period: January-June 2018

How might we ethically respond to astonishing levels of racial violence against people of African descent in societies such as Brazil, the United States and Colombia? How might we engage civil society in innovative and forceful responses to this persistent body count? This project will support the creation of a digital platform that combines blogosphere, newsletters, website, digital repository and counter-cartography/participatory GIS technology that will ultimately yield an open-source and interactive spatially-explicit database to inform black activism against micro and macro racial aggressions. The project is twofold: a) it facilitates the creation of an African diasporic permanent network against police violence; b) and the creation of a public digital platform for giving voices to terrorized communities, discussing racism as a public matter and disseminating pedagogies of social/racial justice.