2017 Schedule

Shattuck Hall Room 210 ~ Networking and Multimedia Room

9:00 am – 5:00 pm ~ Coffee, snacks, informational tables, maps, and other media

9:15 am – 10:00 am ~ Registration Begins

Shattuck Hall Room 212 ~ Presentations

10:00 am – 10:15 am ~ Introductory Statement by the Organizers
From our Perspective: What is Resistance GIS?

10:15 am – 11:00 am ~ Featured Speaker: Jennifer Veilleux
Using Maps to Accelerate Social Movements and Reclaim Place

11:15 am – 12:00 pm ~ Panel
The Trouble with Data: Issues in Production, Curation and Access
Jamaal Green, Jim Thatcher, and Beth Pickard.  Moderator: Tim Hitchins

Data is more than just a spreadsheet with values. Its production, curation, and accessibility are rooted in power dynamics determined by those that control it. Because most data rests in the domain of government agencies and private corporations, its existence, or non-existence, benefits their interests most. This panel will explore some of the underlying problems with data, challenges with access, initiatives for protecting data from political interference, and resources that work to keep it free and openly available.

12:00pm – 1:00pm ~ LUNCH BREAK ~ Find your fare at the Saturday Farmer’s Market!

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm ~ Panel
Spatial Narratives in a Post-Truth World
Veronica Velez and Dillon Mahmoudi.  Moderators: Erin McElroy and Candice Landry

Maps tell a story. But whose or what story is being told? Choice of data, the methods and aesthetics selected to convey that data, the defining geographic boundaries, and even the map producer’s biases can each influence the underlying spatial narrative told by a map. In consideration of the current political climate, this panel will critically examine how the spatial narrative is conveyed and what is necessary to ensure that underrepresented people, their struggles and social movements, have a stake in the how their stories are told.

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ~ Panel
Taking Action Through Citizen Science and Public Participation
Britta Ricker, Mathew Lippencott and Adam Brunelle.  Moderator: Jennifer Veilleux

In a world rife with alternative facts and the disappearance of critically important datasets, public engagement in the production of spatial data and analysis is urgently needed. Thanks to low-barrier access to cameras, drones, mobile devices, and a plethora of open-source software, engagement is now possible for many people. This panel will discuss how to collect data through public participation and explore ways to get involved in citizen-led scientific efforts.

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm ~ Featured Speaker: Erin McElroy
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project: Documenting the Dispossession and Resistance of San Francisco Bay Area Residents.

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is a data-visualization, data analysis, and storytelling collective documenting the dispossession of San Francisco Bay Area residents in the wake of the Tech Boom 2.0. Through digital maps, oral history work, film, murals, and community events, the project renders connections between the nodes and effects of new entanglements of global capital, real estate, high tech, and political economy. Maintaining antiracist and feminist analyses as well as decolonial methodology, the project creates tools and disseminates data that contributes to collective resistance and movement building.

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm ~ Call to Action; Breakout Group Discussion

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Closing Remarks