#ArtLitPhx: Author + Talk: Dr. Rashad Shabazz

Author + Talk- Dr. Rashad Shabazz

Arizona Humanities will be hosting a free event with Dr. Rashad Shabazz. Shabazz will be reading from his book Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago. His book explores the history of confinement, policing, surveillance, urban planning, and incarceration of African American communities on the city’s South Side.
Dr. Rashad Shabazz is an Associate Professor with the ASU School of Social Transformation. Dr. Shabazz’s academic expertise brings together human geography, Black cultural studies, gender studies, and critical prison studies. His research explores how race, sexuality and gender are informed by geography. His most recent work (Spatializing Blackness, University of Illinois Press, 2015) examines how carceral power within the geographies of Black Chicagoans shaped urban planning, housing policy, policing practices, gang formation, high incarceration rates, masculinity and health. Shabazz’s scholarship has appeared in Souls, The Spatial-Justice Journal, ACME, Gender, Place and Culture and Occasions and he has also published several book chapters and book reviews. He is currently working on two projects: the first examines how Black people use public spaces to negotiate and perform race, gender and sexual identity as well as to express political or cultural identity. The second project uncovers the role Black musicians in Minneapolis played in giving rise to “the Minneapolis sound”.

The event takes place at Arizona Humanities, 1242 N Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona. 85004 on Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Ellie Hutchison (ehutchison@azhumanities.org or 602-257-0335.). For more information, please visit the Facebook event.