Colloquium Series: A People's Guide to Landownership: Property and Power in the Shenandoah Valley

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM EDT

Colloquium Series: A People's Guide to Landownership: Property and Power in the Shenandoah Valley

Social scientists have long recognized landownership as central to questions of power and inequality, but recent developments in Black and Indigenous studies have challenged and enriched analyses of land politics in the US and beyond. In many ways, these scholarly trends reflect broader transformations and intensifications in the politics of land - such as the LandBack and Black farmers' movements. Despite the centrality of landownership to popular struggles and scholarly research, much of the basic data about US landownership remain hidden or indiscernible. Through a narrative of on-going research in the Shenandoah Valley of VA and WV, this presentation reflects on the challenges and opportunities of researching landownership in the US and beyond. 

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