Feminist visualization of the spatial and emotional dimensions of inequalities: a development of the Relief Maps model through GIS tools.

Authors: Maria Rodo-De-Zarate*,
Topics: Gender, Qualitative Research, Sexuality
Keywords: intersectionality, digital methodologies, critical GIS, feminism, sexualities, inequalities, emotions
Session Type: Paper
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Critiques of geographic information systems (GIS) have aimed at showing it as tool for empiricist and quantitative analysis. However, feminist GIS scholarship has demonstrated that it can also be a tool for feminist visualization. Following the works of feminist geographers on critical visual methods, I have engaged with GIS to visualize data on geographies of intersectionality based on the Relief Maps model. This model systematizes the data on intersectionality in an image that relates emotions (the psychological dimension), intersectional power structures (the social) and places (the geographical). The recent development of the Relief Maps as a digital tool (www.reliefmaps.cat/en) that collects, organizes and visualizes data through this model has shown the potentialities of the digital for engaging with mixed methods. With the GIS development I aim to expand its potentialities through the application of georeferentiation tools and 3D mapping in order to visualize how inequalities are lived in the places of the everyday life in a city. Here I will present the results of a pilot study carried out with LGBTI people in Barcelona with the aim of analysing the spatialities of the emotional effects of the discomforts they suffer due to their various social positions.

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