Feminist Cartographies: Theory Meets Practice

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Cartography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Calvert Room, Omni, East
Organizers: Meghan Kelly, Britta Ricker
Chairs: Meghan Kelly


Feminist digital geographies, design justice, and data feminism have sparked renewed energy and motivation for feminist design. D’Ignazio and Klein (2016) distill feminist data visualization into seven feminist design principles with prompting question to guide designers. Sasha Costanza-Chock (2018) and the Design Justice Network engage with intersectionality (Crenshaw 1989 and 1994) and the matrix of oppression (Collins 2002) to question, challenge, and better the design process. Elwood and Leszczynski (2018) reclaim feminist initiatives in critical digital geographies before opening much-needed conversations with “queer and critical race theory, postcolonial feminism, and black and queer code studies.” Further, Gieseking (2016) explores data as situated practice and Kennedy et al, (2017) bring attention to data decisions that are designed to do good. Feminist mapping fits within all of these arenas, yet feminist mapping remains related, tangential, or at times, missing from these conversations.

As such, this panel aims to bring feminist mapping to the forefront by bridging theory and practice. We aim to address questions of pragmatics in cartographic practice. We bring together practitioners—faculty and students—that span theoretical, practical and/or applied cartographies to discuss opportunities and challenges in feminist mapping. We ask panelists to contextualize feminist cartographies and feminist GIS through their experiences and practice. Further, we ask:

What is the value of feminist mapping in practice?
Where is the focus of feminist cartography: the process or the output?
What is the goal of feminist mapping practice?
How can we engage with content, form, and process through a feminist lens? What does a feminist map look/feel like?
Who is the target audience and does that change what a feminist map looks like/feel like?
(How) do we know a feminist map when we see one?
Is it important that we know that we see one?
How do feminist perspectives in mapping intersect, parallel, or diverge from critical perspectives in mapping?
And perhaps, most importantly, how do we bring feminist mapping practice to the classroom?
For example, how balance theory, practice, and technology in the classroom?
How does scale relate to feminist cartography?
Is there a relationship between open data and feminist cartography?

The goal of this panel is to bring a diverse range of people, approaches, and positions within cartography together to discuss feminist mapping in practice.


Type Details Minutes
Discussant Amber Bosse University of Kentucky 20
Panelist Menno-Jan Kraak ITC 20
Panelist Carolyn Fish University of Oregon 20
Discussant Meghan Kelly University of Wisconsin–Madison 20
Panelist Francis Harvey Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography 20

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