Otherwise Worlds

Against Settler Colonialism and Anti-Blackness

Otherwise Worlds

Black Outdoors: Innovations in the Poetics of Study

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Book Pages: 392 Illustrations: 9 illustrations Published: June 2020

African American Studies and Black Diaspora, Critical Ethnic Studies, Native and Indigenous Studies

The contributors to Otherwise Worlds investigate the complex relationships between settler colonialism and anti-Blackness to explore the political possibilities that emerge from such inquiries. Pointing out that presumptions of solidarity, antagonism, or incommensurability between Black and Native communities are insufficient to understand the relationships between the groups, the volume's scholars, artists, and activists look to articulate new modes of living and organizing in the service of creating new futures. Among other topics, they examine the ontological status of Blackness and Indigeneity, possible forms of relationality between Black and Native communities, perspectives on Black and Indigenous sociality, and freeing the flesh from the constraints of violence and settler colonialism. Throughout the volume's essays, art, and interviews, the contributors carefully attend to alternative kinds of relationships between Black and Native communities that can lead toward liberation. In so doing, they critically point to the importance of Black and Indigenous conversations for formulating otherwise worlds.

Maile Arvin, Marcus Briggs-Cloud, J. Kameron Carter, Ashon Crawley, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Chris Finley, Hotvlkuce Harjo, Sandra Harvey, Chad B. Infante, Tiffany Lethabo King, Jenell Navarro, Lindsay Nixon, Kimberly Robertson, Jared Sexton, Andrea Smith, Cedric Sunray, Se’mana Thompson, Frank B. Wilderson


“Ambitious, theoretically sophisticated, and timely, Otherwise Worlds stages a much-needed conversation between Black studies and Native studies as they interface with critical race theory and gender and queer theory while significantly advancing the discourses around racialized being, anti-blackness, indigeneity, and settler colonialism.” — Alexander G. Weheliye, author of Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human

“Presenting new analyses and theorizations of the intersections and tensions between Black studies and Native studies, Otherwise Worlds shows how these fields can speak and think with each other. It has the potential to serve as a model of decolonial love in the academy and in our communities.” — Michelle Jacob, author of Indian Pilgrims: Indigenous Journeys of Activism and Healing with Saint Kateri Tekakwitha


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Tiffany Lethabo King is Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University.

Jenell Navarro is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Andrea Smith is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-0838-5 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0786-9