Pressing Pause: Feminist mapping and reflexivity

Authors: Meghan Kelly*, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Topics: Cartography
Keywords: feminist mapping, cartography, feminist geography, map design
Session Type: Paper
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Positionality is a feminist term that recognizes the context, subjectivities, privileges, and biases that we bring to our work. Energy is building around feminist perspectives in design in areas like data feminism and design justice. Yet, there’s a need for more feminist influence in cartography. In this talk, I’ll introduce positionality, its impact on our work, and why we should care. Lastly, I’ll present questions for us to reflect on and tangible actions to help us grapple with our cartographic positionality, both individually and as a community of mappers.

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