Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference,
Xth edition

X REP Conference Update

The X REP Conference has been rescheduled to October 2021, with a smaller online conference focused on Race, Ethnicity, Place and the Covid-19 Pandemic in October 2020.

The X REP Conference Board has approved converting the 2020 REP Conference in Baltimore to a smaller, virtual online model that will focus on the Covid-19 pandemic and vulnerable populations. The full, in-person conference is rescheduled for October 2021.

The extended conference will include the following online sessions:

  • Panel, paper, or speaker sessions with a focus on Covid-19 and vulnerable populations
  • Student paper sessions with awards for best papers
  • Community events, e.g. films, speakers, etc., relevant to Baltimore

Registration will be open soon. The $25 registration fee ($15 for students) will cover the cost of online participation.


Xth REP Conference – October 20-23, 2021

Join us in downtown Baltimore from October 20-23, 2021 for an invigorating exchange of ideas at the 10th bi-annual REP Conference. The 2021 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 as well as public transportation 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 20, 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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“Seeds”, painted by artist Ernest Shaw and participants of Youthworks Baltimore program.
3000-3100 block of Woodland Ave., Baltimore

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