Coastal commons: Afro-Indigenous urban solidarities

Dr Ulises Moreno-Tabarez

Funding period: 1 June 2021 – 1 June 2022
Type of funding: Seminar Series

Host institution: Latin America and Caribbean Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK)
Dates: August 2021 until April 2022, in Azoyu, Cuajinicuilapa, Ometepec, and Xochistlahuaca (Mexico)
Lead organiser: Dr Ulises Moreno-Tabarez (London School of Economics)
Team members: Aleida Violeta Vazquez Cisneros and Keila Amayrani Martínez
Contact: Dr Ulises Moreno-Tabarez

Abstract: Coastal Commons works to document Black and Indigenous bios and mythos, biological and cultural meshworks that shape our collective regional histories and wilful lifeways in the Costa Chica region of Guerrero, an Afro-Indigenous geography. As people in a cluster of small and remote cities, we face multiple exclusions from the urbanising world. This project draws from our unique sociocultural geohistorical experiences to actively participate in knowledge-production processes about the urban. Coastal Commons comprises three interrelated activities: virtual seminars, participatory video, and training discussion groups. The first component consists of knowledge-exchange virtual seminars covering the most pressing issues we face on a local and global scale. The second component comprises participatory video to (1) participate in knowledge-production about our cities, speaking directly to each of the themes covered in the virtual seminars and (2) to document the methods, process, and impact of the seminar series to and from local knowledge. Finally, the third component includes monthly virtual training seminars covering key principles, challenges, and ethics of using participatory video methods. We seek a sustained and engaged commitment with our project, drawing links between interdisciplinary themes and geographies, to situate small remote cities at the centre of urban knowledge-production.