Wednesday, Apr 5, 17 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Visualizing for Justice – Creative, Critical and Contestational Mapping

Location: Emerson College, Bordy Theater | 216 Tremont Street, Boston 02116

A public event on data visualization and mapping for social justice in association with the American Association of Geographers subconference

The rise of Big Data, freedom of information and user-friendly software has contributed to the popularity of infographics, data visualizations and mapping for civic engagement and advocacy. This surge in data visualization brings with it opportunities for information re-use, increased transparency, and new forms of civic participation. Yet visualizing data for social justice also comes with its own set of challenges​. From issues of security and tracking down hard to find information, to the ethics of making infographics out of death and suffering, participatory practices of data visualization often take place on ambiguous ethical terrain.

This event is free, but you must register to attend.



Short presentations of recent data visualization and mapping work from critical cartographers, journalists, designers and social justice campaigners will be followed by audience discussion. Together we will explore what it means to visualize for justice today.

More coming soon!

Your work here!

Want to feature your maps & visualizations? We will have a running slideshow of social justice maps & visualizations at the event. To include your work in our slideshow:

  • Send one image of your work to and
  • Your image should be a high quality (at least 1200px width, 72 dpi) JPG or PNG file, formatted for 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • Your image should include a caption IN THE IMAGE ITSELF that explains the project and links to your website or contact info.

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