⎯⎯Upcoming Events⎯⎯


2020
(postponed due to COVID-19)
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Sociology Colloquium
(postponed due to COVID-19)
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Washington, DC
Book Talk: Black in Place
(postponed due to COVID-19)
Solid State Books
Washington, DC
Book Talk: Black in Place



Past Events

2020
June
University of ChicagoRace & Capitalism Project
COVID-19 and Racial Inequities: Unpacking the Anti-Black Response (online)
June
Mills CollegeKnowledge for Freedom: “Black Study” and the Present Struggle, A Conversation with Nikhil Pal Singh, Savannah Shange, and Brandi Thompson Summers (online)
April
Next City Webinar
Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City (online)
April
University of California, Berkeley
Global Metropolitan Studies Lecture Series (online)
April
University of California, Berkeley
SCiPP’s 10th Annual Race & Policy Symposium (online)
March
UC Berkeley - Department of Geography
Berkeley Black Geographies Symposium

February
Mills College
Black to the Future: Blackness, Space, & Power in Changing Times--A Conversation between Alicia Garza and Brandi Thompson Summers

February 
Princeton University
Princeton-Mellon Forum on the Urban Environment
February
Politics & Prose (Washington, DC)
Book talks: Democracy’s Capital and Black in Place

2019
June 
Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
“The Corner: Spatial Aesthetics and Black Bodies in Place”
June
Université Paris-Dauphine (Paris, France)
Race in the Marketplace Symposium
“A Haute [Ghetto] Mess: Black Authenticity and Visual Artifice in Vogue Italia” 

April
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
“Unmaking a Chocolate City: Spatial Aesthetics of Race and the Gentrifying Urban Landscape”

April
Hollins University
“Unmaking a Chocolate City: Spatial Aesthetics of Race and the Gentrifying Urban Landscape”
April
American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting (Washington, DC)
“Chocolate Lives in a Post-Chocolate City”


“Consuming Black Space and Culture: Race, Authenticity, and Quality-of-Life Aesthetics in Washington, D.C.”

“Washington’s ‘Atlas District’ and the New Regime of Diversity”
March
SXSW EDU Conference & Festival “Imagination & Ingenuity: Prison as Learning Space” (panel discussion)

January 
University of Oregon
SLOW LAB at the College of Design
“The Corner: Spatial Aesthetics and Black Bodies in Place”
2018
December
Rush University Hospital (Chicago, IL)“The Life, Limits, and Longevity of (Institutional) Bias in the Workplace”
Afrikana Film Festival (Richmond, VA)
Post-screening interview with Boots Riley, director of “Sorry to Bother You”



November
American Studies Association Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA)
“Racial Architectures of Urban Space”

November
(anti)Blackness in the American Metropolis Workshop (Baltimore, MD) “Spatial Aesthetics and Black Bodies in Place”

September
Howard University
Broken Landscapes: Local Perspectives on Black Architects and Planners Since 1968“Geographies of Blackness in a Post-Chocolate City”

June
Progressive Connexions (Palermo, Italy)
Fashion and Photography: An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Project
“A Haute [Ghetto] Mess: Black Authenticity and Visual Artifice in Vogue Italia”
May
American University
Sharing Space: Examining African American and Latino Intercultural Exchanges in Dynamic Neighborhoods Symposium
“Revitalized Displacement: The Mark of Diversity in a Gentrifying Commercial Corridor”

May
University of Richmond
Arc of Racial Justice Institute
“The Art of Inclusion and Community Engaged Research”


April 
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
“The Art of Inclusion and Community Engaged Research”

April
University of Pennsylvania
“Black Aesthetics/Aesthetic Blackness”
April
American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting (New Orleans, LA)
“Black Geographies and the Spatial Containment of Race”
January 
Modern Languages Association Annual Meeting (New York, NY)
“The Corner: Black Bodies, Spatial Aesthetics, and DC’s Go-Go Economy”
2017
November
American University 
Metropolitan Policy Center
“Shifting Cultural Landscapes in Chocolate City


October
University of California, Berkeley
Black Geographies Symposium
“Neoliberalism and Black Containment”
September
Afrikana Film Festival (Richmond, VA)
Post-screening interview with Amanda Seales
August 
American Sociological Association Annual Meeting (Montréal, Quebec)
“Fear and Loathing (of Others) in Washington, D.C.”

June 
Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities (Hempstead, NY)
“Queer Imaginations of Black Beauty”
March 
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL)
“Haute [Ghetto] Mess: Post-Racial Aesthetics and the Seduction of Blackness in High Fashion”

2016
November
American Studies Association Annual Meeting (Denver, CO)
“The Changing Face of a Black Place: Spatializing Nostalgia and Cultural Tourism“

November
National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting (Montréal, Quebec)
“Street Life: Black Bodies and Spatial Aesthetics in a Post-Chocolate City”

November 
Georgetown University
“The Politics of Soul Style: Fashion, Race and African American History”
October
Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Meeting (Richmond, VA)
“Diversity as Tableau: Race, Space, and Redevelopment in Washington, D.C.”
October 
Center for Worker Education
City College of New York
“Black Bodies, Spatial Aesthetics, and DC’s Go-Go Economy”
July 
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum (Washington, DC)
Book Forum: Capital Dilemma
“Race and Change in the Atlas District”
March
National Council for Black Studies Annual Meeting (Charlotte, NC)
“The Corner: Black Bodies, Spatial Aesthetics, and DC’s Go-Go Economy”
February 
American University
Urban Studies Humanities Lab
“Race and Urban Aesthetics in Washington, D.C.”
2015
October 
New York University
Institute for Public Knowledge
“Un/Making Blackness: On the Aesthetic Discourses of Post-Race and Urban Space”
September 
Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA)
“Selling Haute Pu$$y: Defining an Aesthetic Market for Blackness in High Fashion”
August 
Association of Black Sociologists Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL)
“Black Bodies, Diverse Spaces: Neoliberal Aesthetics of Cool in a Post-Chocolate City”
April
American University
“Hot Food/Haute Cuisine: Aesthetics, Race, and Authenticity in the Atlas District”

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Brandi T. Summers, Ph.D.
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