Cultural Urbanism

In August 2017 Teju completed her Masters thesis, which can be accessed here, entitled: Geographies of a Transnational Urban Black Consciousness Through Art and Activism: Mapping Self-Directed Blackness in Vienna, Brussels, and Oakland.”

Teju’s Geographies of Blackness research aims to explore, document, and further understand the urban subaltern experience for Black artists and activists primarily in European and American cities, but more generally – around the world. Understanding and articulating how visible difference affects mircogeographies and socio-cultural experiences of Black artists and activists, and by extension, Black people in Euro-North American urban contexts. Additionally, bringing more awareness to and highlighting city culture initiated for and by Black & Brown people in Europe, the United States, and other places around the world – further expanding the terrains and geographies of Blackness.

In addition to her research on geographies of Blackness, Teju focuses more broadly on how postcolonialism is manifested in urbanity. The ways in which postcolonial communities express themselves in urban contexts, their mobility patterns as impacted by their culture, subalternity, as well as using a postcolonial lens through which to understand urbanism. Additionally, central to postcolonial urbanism is the naming of common places, street names, monuments, city symbols and urban memory more generally. This research also highlights the work of postcolonial activists and artists in cities around the world as manifestations of postcolonial urbanities. It is a way to challenge the European White male centric theories that dominate Urban Studies and marginalize other valuable voices.