In the spirit of a meeting held at Friday Harbor on October 17-20, 2014
Curating the AAG – Critical takes on technology, cartography, and spatial information
The AAG is a big conference and, with nearly 10,000 attendees, it’s easy to get lost. It’s also easy to find a specific track and stick to it, not realizing the wealth of alternative voices, visions, and research going on around you.
At the same time, coming out of our meeting at Friday Harbor Labs last October, we were left wanting to continue the conversation, to engage critically with geospatial technologies, and with spatial media/information in a variety of ways and with a variety of voices.
What follows is a guide to the AAG that points to sessions speaking to these ideas. Some sessions were directly organized out of our meeting (they bear the #CritGIS tag in their title), others volunteered to be included over listservs and public calls, still others we’re pointing out because they sound interesting. This isn’t a definitive list, nor a proscriptive one, it’s just one list of many, a map through a series of interesting conversations around the role of technology in our world.
So here goes…
Tuesday April 21, is the first day of the official meeting and features two sessions that come directly out of the Friday Harbor meeting.
Bright and early at 8:00 a.m. in the Bleacher Center (303 Classroom), is session 1187, #CritGIS: Pedagogies of Critical GIS. Organized by Alexander Tarr and LaDona Knigge, and featuring Matt Wilson, Ellen Kersten, Francis Harvey, and Clinton Davis, this session recognizes that “[w]hile there has never been one “right” way to teach GIS, with the recent proliferation of geospatial technologies, open source platforms, and web mapping tools, the question of how best to instruct students has become increasingly complicated, especially if our intention is to simultaneously engage students in critical questioning and practice.”
Later, at 2:40 p.m. also in the same place is session 1587, #CritGIS: Social Justice and GIS: Past, Present, and Future organized by Ellen Kersten with Jon Cinnamon as chair. It aims to “stimulate discussion about how social justice has been conceptualized, addressed, and enacted in this sub-field, and to explore the diverse ways that GIS influences, both positively and negatively, and is influenced by social justice movements.”
Between those two sessions, not directly associated with the Friday Harbor meeting, but highly relevant, Jeremy Crampton and Agnieszka Leszczynski have organized a panel discussion that asks, “Where’s the Value? Emerging Digital Economies of Geolocation.” It starts at 12:40 p.m. (in the same room again!) as our sessions and will feature Jeremy, Agnieszka, Rob Kitchin, Elvin Wyly, David Murakami Wood, Julie Cupples, and Sam Kinsley.
Wednesday April 22 similarly begins bright and early at 8:00 a.m. with a series of sessions organized by Craig Dalton, Ryan Burns, and Jim Thatcher on Critical Data and Critical Technology Studies. The first session, in Grand Suite 2 AB of the Hyatt East Tower, focuses on these ideas in praxis. At 10:00 a.m., the first of two sessions on Critical Data and Technology Studies in theory begins in the same room. The third in the series starts at 1:20 p.m.
Meanwhile, if Critical Data and Technology isn’t your cup of tea, Bandana Kar and Rina Ghose have organized a series of sessions called “Looking Backwards and Forwards in Participatory GIS” in the Stetson D room of the Hyatt West Tower at 8:00 a.m. These sessions similarly continue at 10:00 a.m. and wrap up in the 1:20 p.m. time slot.
By Thursday April 23, the conference is in full swing, and there continue to be multiple tracks of possible interest. First, Jeremy Crampton and Agnieszka Leszczynski have organized two on Spatial Big Data and Everyday Life (3150, 3250). Held back to back, they start at 8:00 a.m. in Crystal C of the Hyatt West Tower. Also at 8:00 a.m., in Stetson D of Hyatt West, Bandana Kar and Rina Ghose have organized a session called “Big Data - Perils and Promises.”
Stepping away from data (big or otherwise) for a moment, at 3:20 p.m. in Regency D of Hyatt West, there is the #CritGIS session On the Political Economy of Geospatial Technologies. Organized by Craig Dalton, Ryan Burns, and Jim Thatcher, this panel grows out of conversations held at Friday Harbor and considers “the degree to which political economies have shifted in the development of GIS since its proliferation in the mid- to late-1990s and thus borrows from debates in critical GIS. Further, the panel considers a political-economic framework to account for new forms of geographic technologies, including the geoweb.” Panelists include Jim, Craig, Laura Beltz Imaoka, Francis Harvey. The chair will be Eric Sheppard.
On Friday April 24, another full slate of sessions start bright and early at 8:00 a.m. Muki Haklay and Hilary Geoghegan have organized “Beyond motivation? Understanding enthusiasm in citizen science and volunteered geographic information” in the Lucerne 1 of the Swissotel.
Starting at 1:20 p.m., Alan McConchie and Muki Haklay have put together a pair of sessions on OpenStreetMap Studies held in Regency C of the Hyatt West Tower.
There are many, many other sessions of interest at the AAG. We’ve barely scratched the surface. To make our coverage a little more complete, below we’ve compiled a handy list including the sessions called out above, and others that look promising for one reason or another. In the spirit of Friday Harbor, we look forward to an exciting and varied meeting and hope that this document provides some orientation to the chaos of Chicago! See you there!
|8:00A||Water Tower, Hyatt, West Tower, Bronze Level||Paper||1136 Critical Geographies of the Smart City 1||David Murakami Wood, Rob Kitchin, Torin Monahan|
|8:00A||Bleacher Center - 303 classroom||Panel||1187 #CritGIS: Pedagogies of Critical GIS||Alex Tarr & LaDona Knigge|
|10:00A||Water Tower, Hyatt, West Tower, Bronze Level||Paper||1236 Critical Geographies of the Smart City 2||David Murakami Wood, Rob Kitchin, Torin Monahan|
|10:00A||Addams, Hyatt, West Tower, Silver Level||Paper||1257 Geographies of Media II: Big Data/Technology/Security||John Finn, Laura Sharp, Joseph Palis|
|12:40P||Skyway 261, Hyatt, East Tower, Blue Level||Paper||1402 Geography and Design III: Geographic Design Research||Eric Huntley, Matt Wilson|
|12:40P||Bleacher Center - 303 classroom||Panel||1487 Where’s the Value? Emerging Digital Economies of Geolocation||Jeremy Crampton,& Agnieszka Lezyzcnski|
|2:40P||Bleacher Center - 303 classroom||Paper||1587 #CritGIS: Social Justice and GIS: Past, Present, and Future||Ellen Kersten|
|2:40P||Plaza B, Hyatt, East Tower, Green Level||Panel||1529 Robots||Lily House-Peters, Vincent Del Casino|
|8:00A||Grand Suite 2 AB, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level||Paper||2125 Critical Data, Critical Technology: In Praxis||Ryan Burns, Craig Dalton, jim Thatcher|
|8:00A||Columbian, Hyatt, West Tower, Bronze Level||Paper||2131 New Ways of Thinking about Space, Place and Maps||GeoHumanities|
|8:00A||Stetson D, Hyatt, West Tower, Purple Level||Paper||2153 Looking Backwards and Forwards in Participatory GIS||Bandana Kar, Rina Ghose|
|10:00A||Grand Suite 2 AB, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level||Paper||2225 Critical Data, Critical Technology: In Theory 1||Ryan Burns, Craig Dalton, jim Thatcher|
|10:00A||Stetson D, Hyatt, West Tower, Purple Level||Paper||2253 Looking Backwards and Forwards in Participatory GIS II||Bandana Kar, Rina Ghose|
|1:20P||Grand Suite 2 AB, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level||Paper||2425 Critical Data, Critical Technology: In Theory 2||Ryan Burns, Craig Dalton, jim Thatcher|
|1:20P||Stetson D, Hyatt, West Tower, Purple Level||Paper||2453 Looking Backwards and Forwards in Participatory GIS III||Bandana Kar, Rina Ghose|
|1:20P||Wright, Hyatt, West Tower, Silver Level||Panel||2464 Meet Sidewalk City author Annette Kim||Annette Kim|
|3:20P||Water Tower, Hyatt, West Tower, Bronze Level||Paper||2536 Extending GIS for the Humanities||Karl Grossner|
|3:20P||Stetson D, Hyatt, West Tower, Purple Level||Panel||2553 Looking Backwards and Forwards in Participatory GIS IV||Bandana Kar, Rina Ghose|
|5:20P||Regency B, Hyatt, West Tower, Gold Level||Panel||2643 Geography and Design I: Agency of Design||Eric Huntley, Matt Wilson|
|8:00A||Grand Suite 3, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level||Panel||3126 Authors Meet Critics: Weaponizing Maps||Alvaro Reyes|
|8:00A||Gold Coast, Hyatt, West Tower, Bronze Level||Paper||3133 Bringing Together Geospatial Technologies and the Humanities||GeoHumanities|
|8:00A||Crystal C, Hyatt, West Tower, Green Level||Paper||3150 Spatial Big Data and Everyday Life I||Agnieszka Lezczynski, Jeremy Crampton|
|8:00A||Stetson BC, Hyatt, West Tower, Purple Level||Paper||3152 Digital Geo-Humanities||Nicholas Bauch|
|8:00A||Stetson D, Hyatt, West Tower, Purple Level||Paper||3153 Big Data - Perils and Promises||Bandana Kar, Rina Ghose|
|10:00A||Crystal C, Hyatt, West Tower, Green Level||Paper||3250 Spatial Big Data and Everyday Life II||Agnieszka Lezczynski, Jeremy Crampton|
|1:20P||Regency C, Hyatt, West Tower, Gold Level||Panel||3444 New Directions in Mapping 1: Research, jobs, and teaching outside the academy||Alan McConchie, Britta Ricker, Matt Zook|
|1:20P||Crystal A, Hyatt, West Tower, Green Level||Paper||3448 Histories of Cartography: Power and Technologies in the 20th Century||Christina Dando|
|3:20P||Columbus CD, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level||Panel||3514 Jobs in geohumanities I||Laurel Catherine Smith|
|3:20P||Regency C, Hyatt, West Tower, Gold Level||Panel||3544 New Directions in Mapping 2: Open Source, Crowd-sourcing and Big Data||Alan McConchie, Matt Zook, Sean Gorman|
|3:20P||Regency D, Hyatt, West Tower, Gold Level||Panel||3545 CritGIS: On the Political Economy of Geospatial Technologies||Jim Thatcher, Craig Dalton, Ryan Burns|
|3:20P||Stetson BC, Hyatt, West Tower, Purple Level||Paper||3552 From Online Sweat Shops to Silicon Savannahs (session 1): Geographies of Production in Digital Economies of Low-Income Countries||Mark Graham, Nicolas Friederici, Isis Hjorth|
|3:20P||Stetson G, Hyatt, West Tower, Purple Level||Paper||3556 Geographers, geography and the new cartography||Janet Speake|
|3:20P||Burnham, Hyatt, West Tower, Silver Level||Paper||3558 Digital Disruptions and Urban Governance||Elizabeth Rapoport, Michele Acuto, Donald McNeil|
|5:20P||Columbus CD, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level||Panel||3614 Jobs in geohumanities II||Laurel Catherine Smith|
|5:20P||Stetson BC, Hyatt, West Tower, Purple Level||Paper||3652 From Online Sweat Shops to Silicon Savannahs (session 2): Geographies of Production in Digital Economies of Low-Income Countries||Mark Graham, Nicolas Friederici, Isis Hjorth|
|5:20P||Burnham, Hyatt, West Tower, Silver Level||Paper||3658 Digital Disruptions and Urban Governance||Elizabeth Rapoport, Michele Acuto, Donald McNeil|
|8:00A||Regency B, Hyatt, West Tower, Gold Level||Paper||4143 Technology and the cities of tomorrow: Exploring the smart city imagery (and beyond) 1||Marco Santangelo, Ramon Ribera-Fumaz, Hug March|
|8:00A||Lucerne 1, Swissotel, Lucerne Level||Paper||4173 Beyond motivation? Understanding enthusiasm in citizen science and volunteered geographic information||Hilary Geoghegan, Muki Haklay|
|10:00A||Columbian, Hyatt, West Tower, Bronze Level||Paper||4231 Geographical Perspectives on Landscapes, Literature and Architecture||GeoHumanities|
|10:00A||Regency B, Hyatt, West Tower, Gold Level||Paper||4243 Technology and the cities of tomorrow: Exploring the smart city imagery (and beyond) 2||Marco Santangelo, Ramon Ribera-Fumaz, Alberto Vanolo|
|1:20P||Columbus G, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level||Panel||4416 Geographers, geography and the new cartography||Janet Speake|
|1:20P||Regency C, Hyatt, West Tower, Gold Level||Paper||4444 OpenStreetMap Studies 1||Alan McConchie, Muki Haklay|
|3:20P||Regency C, Hyatt, West Tower, Gold Level||Paper||4544 OpenStreetMap Studies 2||Alan McConchie, Muki Haklay|
|4:00P||Michigan A, Hyatt, East Tower, Ped Path||Paper||5565 Critical Cartography and Public Discourse||Barry Joel Kronenfeld|