Geospatial Forum: Prof. Catherine D'Ignazio

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Speaker: Prof. Catherine D'Ignazio | Assistant Professor of Urban Science and Planning, Director of the Data + Feminism Lab, Department of Urban Studies and Planning | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Presentation Title: Data Feminism and Mapping

Abstract: As data, including geospatial data, are increasingly mobilized in the service of governments and corporations, their unequal conditions of production, their asymmetrical methods of application, and their unequal effects on both individuals and groups have become increasingly difficult for data scientists–and others who rely on data in their work–to ignore. But it is precisely this power that makes it worth asking: “Data science by whom? Data science for whom? Data science with whose interests in mind?" These are some of the questions that emerge from what we call data feminism, a way of thinking about data science and its communication that is informed by the past several decades of intersectional feminist activism and critical thought. Illustrating data feminism in action, this talk will show how challenges to the male/female binary can help to challenge other hierarchical (and empirically wrong) classification systems; it will explain how an understanding of emotion can expand our ideas about effective data visualization; how the concept of invisible labor can expose the significant human efforts required by our automated systems; and why the data never, ever “speak for themselves.” This talk will draw in specific examples of data feminism as applied to geospatial data, maps, and the teaching of GIS.
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