Earth-Writing (Spaciousness)

Publication Type:

Book Chapter


Chari, Sharad


Keywords in Radical Geography: Antipode at 50, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, p.95–101 (2019)





Angela Davis, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Black women Blues singers, earth-writing, food security


This chapter describes some “thinkers”, earth-writers by other names, for their intertwined explorations of spaciousness, and their attempts at stretching and connecting traditions of the oppressed. In an age obsessed with industrialisation, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was a defender of the agrarian question and food security. In his last essay, “The Buddha or Karl Marx”, Ambedkar reads “the creed of the Buddha” against “the Marxian creed” to argue that while both aim at liberation, they differ fundamentally in their means. Angela Davis' book on Black women Blues singers shows us that forms of Earth-writing that have imagined a more spacious world are pervasive, in linked, far-flung, variously sensory philosophies of life that surround us. The chapter concludes with an event that highlighted the ways in which stretching the Black Radical Tradition forces us to confront trans-spatial, subaltern traditions that surface linked calls for spaciousness through earthly and oceanic connections that already exist.


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