POSTPONED - Ashante Reese Public Talk: "There Ain't Nothin' in Deanwood"

Ashante Reese

Due to concerns about the new coronavirus, this event has been postponed until a later date. CRFS will advertise the event once we have more information.


"There Ain't Nothin' in Deanwood": Anti-Blackness, Food Access, and Making a Way Outta No Way in Washington, D.C.

Public Talk by Ashante Reese:  Assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland and author of Black Food Geographies

Tracing the food geographies of residents in northeast Washington D.C., this talk is guided by two queries: How do Black residents navigate and produce space in pursuit of food, especially when there is “nothing” there? What do theories of anti-Blackness reveal about conventional approaches to food inequities? Drawing from ethnographic research in Washington, D.C., I foreground residents’ histories, memories, and agency as they navigate supermarkets, urban agriculture, and their support for Black-owned businesses. Theoretically, I offer geographies of self-reliance as a way to understand how self-reliance is used as a cultural framework to produce spatial food patterns that are shaped but not wholly determined by inequities. Ethnographic attention to Deanwood reveals quiet food refusals—the everyday decisions residents make to intentionally refuse narratives of lack often sutured to Black people—as a practice of both racial and spatial resilience that eludes the gaze of mainstream food justice organizations. 

This Talk is Free and Open to the Public

Ashante´ Reese is an assistant professor of anthropology in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her work examines how anti-Blackness shapes the food system and how urban residents navigate these constraints. Her first book, Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.,  was published by UNC Press in April 2019. Her second book, Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice, is co-edited with Hanna Garth and will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in fall 2020.


5 p.m. April 3, 2020