From Data Commons to (Critical) Cartography
Linking Data Sources for a Gender Street Map of Vienna
Counter-Cartographies as Critique
Creating a map can be an effective strategy to challenge estab-
lished representations of reality. However, for many critical car-
tography projects, initial ideas of what should be made visible on
the map are quickly followed by the sobering insight that suitable
data is often simply not available. Even when we would be will-
ing to pay for the data or work with commercial or governmental
Map to the Ground and Back
Elisa T. Bertuzzo, Günter Nest / Berlin
C/Artographies of Positionality –
Or How We Try to Situate Ourselves as a Working Group in Academia
Working Group Critical Geographies of Global Inequalities / Hamburg
Brett Bloom / Chicago
Counter-Cartographies as Critique
Uneven Digital Geographies … and Why They Matter
Mark Graham, Stefano De Sabbata, Ralph Straumann, Sanna Ojanperä /
London, Leicester, Oxford, Zürich
From Data Commons to (Critical) Cartography –
Linking Data Sources for a Gender Street Map
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In 2008, we started to experiment with different cartographic
tools in spaces of collective work. This is how the collective map-
ping workshops and the processes of collaborative territorial re-
search were born. In 2013, we published the Manual of Collective
Mapping – CriticalCartographic Resources for Territorial Processes
of Collaborative Creation. We are part of a dynamic network of af-
finity and solidarity spread all over the world, which allows us to
, Counter and Cartography
For us, criticalcartography is an opportunity to critically work
with maps. The – mostly academic – debate of this name emerged
in the late 1980s. In the beginning it focused to a large degree on
criticizing maps or, more accurately, on the work done within
the discipline of cartography. Cartography, in this sense, refers
to a practice strongly institutionalized by the state and by capital.
The resulting critique uncovers how maps were complicit in the
history of colonialism and nationalism and how they contrib-
uted to their
outside the country of his
former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing
to such fear, is unwilling to return to it” (Geneva Convention,1951).
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Mediterranean Civilizations (Mu-
cem) since 2017. She defended her PhD in geography at Paris 1
University in 2015. The thesis is about contemporary practices of
sensitive mapping by artists, urban planners and social science
researchers. This work concerns realms of criticalcartography,
research-creation and emotional studies.
is a co-founder and director of Map Kibera, which created the
first free and open map of the Kibera slum in Nairobi in 2009.
She is also director of the GroundTruth Initiative in Washington,
DC, where she works with partners to use
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with stories of their experiences in their communities. The work-
shop illustrates how cartographic representation of displacement
and other abuses can be supplemented by narratives.
Counter-Mapping through Pedagogy
Another series of counter-mapping activities involved university
students and professors who engage in solidarity work with indig-
enous peoples and farmers. At the University of the Philippines
(UP), criticalcartography and counter-cartographies are conduct-
ed as participatory action projects. Being selectively integrated
into the content of