Roots and Ruptures: To Teach of Black/Land, Literacies and Placemaking

Tamara Butler, assistant professor of critical and community literacies, discusses which practices are required to make place? To address this question, Professor Butler
turns to the ethical, creative, and collaborative practices of Black women artists, storytellers,
and writers. Drawing from photographs, oral history interviews, and literature, this presentation is a meditation on how Black women forge community on the South Carolina Sea Islands. Placemaking and community building emerge through what Professor Butler is defining as “rootworking literacies” (Butler, forthcoming). Through interactive components of the session, participants also will consider pedagogical approaches for centering Black women’s placemaking and the work of Black women creatives in their classrooms.