Towards Global Justice in Digital Geography

Type: Virtual Panel
Sponsor Groups: Digital Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 47
Organizers: Hilary Faxon, Luis Alvarez Leon
Chairs: Hilary Faxon


How can geographers interrogate digital exclusions across the globe and work towards liberation and equity?

Worldwide calls for racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement have put into sharp focus the urgency of explicitly centering these issues in digital geography. A growing body of work embraces feminist and decolonial approaches to digital geography (Elwood and Leszczynski 2018; Thatcher et al. 2016), and directly addresses the roles of digital geographies in processes of racialized surveillance and policing (Jefferson 2018). However, it is clear that much more work needs to be done to truly reckon with racial injustices across the globe, and to understand and challenge their digital geographic expressions. Beyond the academy, High Country News’ Land-Grab Universities map interrogates the ways in which stolen indigenous land enriches the very institutions in which many geographers conduct their work. This project highlights the potential of digital tools and geographic perspectives to explicitly address racial injustices, even (or perhaps especially) when these force scholars to grapple with their own role in these processes of exclusion and domination. In this context, creative and committed work towards global justice is an urgent task for digital geography.

In this panel session, we seek to build the community of practice committed to understanding and ending digitally-mediated inequality. We bring together perspectives for discussion on the following topics:

- Proposed, in-progress, or completed projects that elucidate the linkages between digital technologies and the spatial expressions of systems of domination
- Proposed, in-progress, or completed projects that contribute towards delineating pathways for racial, environmental or social justice
- Digital methodologies, including open or participatory platforms and critical remote sensing, applied to such projects
- Theoretical approaches that integrate feminist, anti-racist, and decolonial frameworks to understand digital infrastructures
- Pedagogical approaches to teaching social justice with digital tools
- Material and redistributive professional practices that move beyond acknowledgement to integrate social justice in the daily work of digital geography and the university.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant Luis Alvarez Leon Dartmouth College 10 8:00 AM
Panelist Siobhán Mcphee University of British Columbia 12 8:10 AM
Panelist Ryan Burns University of Calgary 12 8:22 AM
Panelist Hilary Faxon University of California, Berkeley 12 8:34 AM
Panelist Andrea Miller Florida Atlantic University 12 8:46 AM
Panelist Maddy Thompson Keele University 12 8:58 AM

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