Publication Date

April 2018


Yamil Velez


African American Studies, Government


English (United States)


America?s particular history of settler colonialism set in motion an enduring relationship between removal and structural domination. Considering the ways in which Hartford?s urban renewal projects are implicated in the settler colonial project, this project seeks to demonstrate how the removal of Black, Brown, and impoverished people in projects of urban redevelopment are enacted and justified by prior histories of warfare, treaty-making, and removal of indigenous peoples. Moreover, I argue the realities of experiences of removal are defining features of geographical and epistemological space of America. Despite these conditions, Black geographies continue to exist. In the utterances of Black and indigenous geographies lay different cognitive maps for a new world outside of totalitarian systems of domination. These dreams are the poetics that transport us through the cracks and fissures in colonial landscapes to a different way of knowing, seeing, feeling, and being. Thus, I consider how a poetics of landscape not only signal a radical future that is imagined, but a radical present that is already being lived beyond the politics of removal.



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