“New social cartographies”: Current trajectories in participatory cartographic processes

Type: Virtual Paper
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Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 22
Organizers: Geronimo Barrera, ALEXANDRA LAMINA, Davi Pereira Junior
Chairs: Geronimo Barrera


Indigenous, Afro-descendant, peasant communities, and other communities in the Americas have employed participatory mapping to gain territorial rights and recognition, political representation, document environmental degradation, and reclaim traditional spaces. These cartographic practices are now encompassing a wide diversity of representations challenging traditional cartographies and planning praxis based on Western standards and state centrality. These “radical social cartographies” represent the new phase and radical edge of “new social cartography with significant lessons for marginalized communities across the globe” (Sletto, 2020: 1). The current environmental emergency, dispossession of communities by the state planning and corporations, and the increasing inequality in the region, fueled by the ongoing economic and health crisis, make these cartographic practices more needed to question the extractive, unequal production of landscapes. Acknowledging the multiplicity of uses, strategies, synergies, and outcomes derived from participatory mapping, this session focuses on the contradictory setting in which the process of map-making is embedded. How are these cartographies advancing or hindering the epistemic, and even ontological plurality in the Americas territories? How does power emerge from indigenous narratives during the mapping process in planning practices? How can it be possible to write alternative planning (Sandercock, 1998, Walker et. al., 2013) and mapping histories (Sletto et. al., 2020)?
The aim of this session is to reflect and discuss the challenges of participatory mapping and the multiple forms in which communities, researchers, planning practitioners, and states are engaging with the maps. We welcome theoretical and empirical papers as well as historical or current discussions. Paper may address the following thematic approaches,

Geographies of environmental justice
Dispossession and state interventions
Resource management, conservation, and cartographic representations
Self-determination, autonomy, and social cartography
Radical cartographies, implementation, and epistemic conundrums
Land titling and state de-colonization projects
Indigenous ways of planning
Epistemologies and ontologies
Intersectionality and social mapping


Sandercock, L. (Ed.). (1998). Making the invisible visible: a multicultural planning history. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Walker, R., Jojola, T., & Natcher, D. (2013). Reclaiming Indigenous Planning. McGill-Queen’s Press – MQUP.

Sletto, B., Wagner, A., Bryan, J., & Hale, C. (Eds.). (2020). Radical Cartographies: Participatory Mapmaking from Latin America. University of Texas Press.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez Aguilera*, University of Texas - Austin, Body-maps: Alternative Cartographies to a Mestizo Geography in Mexico 15 8:00 AM
Presenter ALEXANDRA LAMINA*, , Kichwa Indigenous Planning and Participatory Mapping: Decolonization Process in Ecuadorian Planning 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Davi Pereira Junior*, University of Texas - Austin, Crossed Worlds: reflecting experiences of social mapping of sacred territories of the enchanted. 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Geronimo Barrera*, University of Texas - Austin, Territorial struggles over the commons in a forest frontier: participatory mapping insights into community-based forestry 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Adriana Linares Palma*, The University of Texas At Austin, Collaborative Mapping of sacred and archaeological places in Cotzal, Guatemala 15 9:00 AM

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