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The Race, Space, Place Initiative at VCU started as a conversation in a hallway during a tornado warning. During this exchange it became clear that faculty members of various ranks and different positionalities in the profession wanted a space to talk about the most generative scholarship and creative works on race and racism in the digital society. We were already steeped in deeply relevant work on racialized labor economies, scam schools, racial memory, racial ecologies and environmental justice, representation, visual culture, media, and art. In a crescendo of serendipity, at that moment we all knew exactly what we wanted. We wanted that hallway, but without the tornado. 


The RSPI is a collaborative community comprised of scholars, artists, curators, performers, and experienced practitioners who are interested in deepening our intellectual practice, expanding our research networks, sparking (or, reinvigorating) our creative energies. We discuss, share, and engage the latest research, art, and praxis around race and racism. There are two main components to the initiative: the lecture series and the unConference. Click through for more.