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CURRENTS: Kate Drabinski (GWST) and Dillon Mahmoudi (GES)

Humanities Work Now

Monday, March 23, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Performing Arts & Humanities Building : 216
CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now lunchtime series showcases exciting new faculty work in the humanities in a dynamic and inter-disciplinary setting with short, informal presentations and time for discussion (Lunch will be served at 11:30am)

Feminist Flânerie: The Pedagogies of Walking

Kate Drabinski
Senior Lecturer, Gender, Women's, + Sexuality Studies, UMBC; 2019-2020 Inclusion Imperative Faculty Collaborator

What does it mean to "take a walk," and what do the maps we trace on our walks look like? How can we learn to see what we see on our walks and the maps we trace differently? How do we make sense of the ways our maps overlap, obscure, highlight, and separate from those of others? And what can learning to walk critically teach us about embedded intersecting power relations? Engaging feminist methodologies, affect theory, and phenomenological approaches, Kate Drabinski explores the practice of critical flânerie in daily life and as pedagogical practice in the classroom.


Institutionalizing Racism in the Age of Date: How Redlining is Reproduced and Depoliticized

Dillon Mahmoudi
Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Systems, UMBC; 2019-2020 Inclusion Imperative Faculty Collaborator

This presentation examines how historical redlining data, built to racially segregate housing in America's growing urban cities, persists as a depoliticized tool to evaluate housing "markets" in the Market Value Analysis toolbox. Dillon Mahmoudi explores how urban planners think through the use of this data, how the data is used to typologize seemingly similar places for different forms of capital extraction, and the way the data fits into broader narratives of Baltimore. Using theoretical frameworks such as algorithmic violence, racial capitalism, and technological oppression, this paper argues for the re-politicization of technology and, ultimately, data.
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