grow community, belonging, and equity for Black and Black African people`.
Explore our symposium's theme and topics.
Homecoming is our annual global symposium for the #MelanatedAndMapping community and our allies! In 2023, we will highlight Black geographers and lift up the work of Resistance and Resilience in Black communities around the globe. Homecoming R&R is also about Re-establishing Homecoming and Reclaiming space for important conversations.
A Variety of Interconnected Topics
There are several interesting, engaging, and inspiring topics connected with our theme. Our focus in 2023 is on studying, mapping, analyzing, geospatial storytelling to ensure and increase:
Decolonizing the African Diaspora in maps, data, and around the globe.
Climate & Environment
Sustainability, climate, and environmental justice for Black communities
Equity in health services, systems, and outcomes for the African Diaspora
Workplace & Economic Justice
Workplace equity, workforce development, and economic justice for the African Diaspora
Food Security & Food Systems
Ensuring food security and equity in food systems and agriculture for healthy Black families and communities worldwide
Community Engagement & Strength
Black communities weathering the storms of racism, sexism, colonialism, homophobia, and other systems of oppression
Positive Practices for Justice, Equity, & Belongong
Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Access (JEDIBA) for Black people in geography, GIS, and other STEM fields
Serving Up Content in a Range of Formats
We invite scholars at all career stages to submit work that addresses these topics or any others related to the theme of resistance and resilience in Black communities around the world. We welcome a variety of formats, including:
- traditional research papers,
- roundtable discussions,
- spoken word and hip-hop performances,
- satellite events, and
- map presentations.
We look forward to seeing you at the Homecoming R&R!