Thank you Project Row House for engaging my students in learning about Third Ward. Students took field notes making observations of the landscape to explain how culture is infused in the area. They learned about gentrification, food deserts, and the history of the land and its importance to African Americas. Students interviewed residents and walked throughout the art installations within shotgun homes. They will end up creating a visual history of the area and deliver it to Project Row House as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary.
This community used to be a war zone, with civilian deaths in every corner; armed illegal groups on opposite ends of the political spectrum were leaving a bloodbath on the streets. Since then, it has been revitalized with graffiti acting as a symbol of their freedom, a way to remember and acknowledge the violent past. The government brought terror to the comuna, but the resilient residents brought back love to their home. We now see this in the form of art - bright graffiti covering the grey walls, and music to bring happiness. The extensive metro system is another symbol of a revolution, built in the year following the cartel kingpin’s assassination. It is much more than just a transportation method to them. Medellín is home to Colombia’s proudest residents, and this graffiti and the metro system are just two examples deeply embedded in their culture. These people have every right to stand up tall and proud of their city, for their resilience initiating the social revolution that completely revitalized the valley. #humangeography
Have you heard about a recent study that involved submitting hoax articles to various journals? I am not so sure about the premise of the study, and particularly their use of the term 'grievance studies' to refer to disciplines concerned with important work on sexuality, race, gender, etc. Interesting that the study was essentially an experiment in social science carried out rather unethically by academics working outside of social science.
That being said, do you remember me mentioning my immense difficulties with some very suspect peer review on one of my papers? I had a paper rejected after two rounds of significant revision. Despite two reviewers recommending publication, my final version was sent out to only one reviewer who had suddenly decided that my framework for analysis was too heteronormative (despite my clear critiques of heteronormativity). Aaaaanyways, that journal was Gender, Place and Culture and they were one of the journals targeted by the aforementioned hoax. They published an article on dog park rape culture.
Blessings in disguise, eh?
I know this week is gonna be a rough one for most of us, but once you’re all reenergized we can play 👊...Drum roll please! 🥁 We will be hosting a Palliser Plays event on November 21st in SB 101 from 4-8PM! 🎮 #pwned