Demystifying the relationships between women and maps (flyer for the Vienna CartoTalk)
CartoTalk invitationDemystifying the relationshipsbetween women and mapsDr Yuwei Lin, University of Salford, UK Too often, articles with the headlines such as “Why women cannot read maps and men lose their keys” appear in the news. Pseudoscience or not, these instances sug- gest that maps are definitely socio-technical artefacts, shaped by (and also shaping) creators and consumers’ behaviours and (inter)actions, embodying certain ideolo- gies and identities and ideologies. In this talk, Dr. Lin will draw on feminist theorising and Science and Technology Studies (STS) to exemplify how gender is explicitly or implicitly embedded in innova- tion and design of a technical service or a product, and to highlight the importance of improving our understandings of specific, culturally, politically, socially and ma- terially embodied identities, epistemologies, and practices that make up technical systems. She will share her ongoing research on gender and free/libre open source software (FLOSS) to respond the growing interest in open source technologies and crowd sourced data in cartography. Methodologies and social research methods will also be discussed. This talk will shed light on socio-technical dynamics and influences of crowd sourc- ing in an open innovation system. Date: Wednesday, 12 September 2012, 3pm (15:00Uhr) Place: Seminar room 126, Research Group Cartography Erzherzog-Johann-Platz 1, 1040 Wien For registration and questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For childcare, please contact us before September 7.This talk is part of the fem2map project. fem2map is funded by the Austrian Ministryfor Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) within the structural researchprogramme FEMtech-fFORTE.