Spatial Narratives in a Post-Truth World


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This presentation was part of the "The Trouble with Data: Issues in Production, Curation and Access" panel. Panel description: 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. This panel included Veronica Velez and Dillon Mahmoudi, and was moderated by Erin McElroy and Candace Landry. Veronica Velez's presentation can be found here: