Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference, Xth edition

Join us in downtown Baltimore from October 21-24, 2020 for an invigorating exchange of ideas at the 10th bi-annual REP Conference. The 2020 REP Conference hosts are Morgan State University and the University of Baltimore. The conference theme, Justice and the City in an Age of Social Division, ties in strongly with current and ongoing struggles for civil and human rights in Baltimore. Paper and plenary sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday at the Hotel Indigo and the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon District. Intrepid walkers will have wide access to neighborhoods for self-directed and formal field trips, and vans, public transportation, and Uber extend the geographical opportunities to engage with people who know Baltimore. A pre-conference workshop on building and supporting geography in Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions will take place on Wednesday, October 21, at Morgan State University.

The conference location in downtown Baltimore is located close to Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore’s once thriving black downtown and center of urban unrest in 1968 and 2015. You can compare Freddie Gray’s neighborhood with white neighborhoods a stone’s throw away and follow the sectoral pathways of black residential expansion. Learn about the city’s racialized geography of housing, crime, education, employment opportunities, public health, food ways, banking, social services, and more. See where Baltimore’s Hispanic population is clustering. Meet and talk with local historians, community activists and organizers, pastors, writers, and artists from Baltimore’s underrepresented communities. Explore downtown Baltimore’s thriving museums, bookstores, restaurants, and clubs.

For more conference information, tailored readings on Baltimore, or to volunteer ideas or to help in conference planning and implementation, contact Joseph S. Wood at jswood@ubalt.edu.


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