FEMINIST MAPPING Project/Assignment
  1. Feminist Mapping (50%)
    • Consciousness raising blog entry (due Sept. 11)
    • Project description (purpose, plan, & evaluation criteria) blog entry (due Sept. 18)
    • Peer feedback (due Nov. 20)
    • Collaborative use of NVIVO 10 for qualitative analysis (November)
    • Interactive Map (presentations on Dec. 4 & Dec. 11)

Getting Started with Feminist Mapping

DESCRIPTION: Select a course theme, trope, code, lived experience, privilege, concept, bias, awareness, or value and use Google maps, video, NVIVO, or other media to set up an interactive visual map in which others can contribute to the mapping of knowledge and experience.

Or, select a product you use/wear/see—create a visual map that traces its social, environmental, political, & health performance.  Provide a key code for the map. Good Guide and Skin Deep are good resources to begin product mapping.

Feminist MAPPING is a way to affect social change and aligns with Actor Network Theory. Actor Network Theory (ANT), a critical social theory lens, is a process philosophy not based in cause and effect notions, but instead looks for a sociology of associations, that is, knowledge as mediated or mutually articulated in interactions between networks of actors. The term actors refer to human and non-human mediators in an action or event. An actor-network approach explores social effects, whatever their material form, to begin to answer ‘how’ questions about structure, power and organization. Actor network theory, therefore, implies a mapping methodology.

More on Feminist Mapping linked here.


  • Awareness: Make the invisible visible.
  • Collective mobilization


Two examples from Karen Keifer-Boyd’s 2012 course Social Justice Activism through Feminist Arts-based Research (see http://cyberhouse.arted.psu.edu/activism/)

  • Have you ever thought about the streets name? Where do the names come from, who is honored by naming streets or places with a certain name? Add to Monika Skazedonig’s map of gender and race in relation to place at http://g.co/maps/h9acm

A Digital Cartographies Project in mapping women's lives  and Globalizing Beauty are examples from Janell Hobson’s students that you can find online that uses Google maps, video, and other media. Janell Hobson began digital mapping using google maps as a collaborative arts-based research project in spring 2011. This is a great example to consider ideas of mapping, video ethnography, and Feminist Standpoint Theory.  Janell Hobson expands on student projects from the 2011 undergraduate course on Global Perspectives on Women at University at Albany, State University of New York. She is the author of Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender (SUNY Press, 2012) and Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture (Routledge, 2005).

  • Mapping the impact that women’s activism has had on an international level, including information on protest groups spanning 4 different continents and 13 different countries. Team Members: Rafael Berges, Jr., Elizabeth Cabrera, Kayla De Fruscio, Maxine Granato, Hannah Mitchell, and Korissa Serrano.


What is Missing?Maya Lin Studio has created a digital memorial “not as a singular static object, but as a work that can exist in multiple forms and in multiple sites simultaneously.”  Envisioned and developed by Maya Lin, the What is Missing? Foundation mission is to create, through science-based artworks, an awareness of the disappearance of species due primarily to habitat degradation and loss.  http://whatismissing.net/#/home

HarassMap Consciousness-raising activists’ efforts that attempt to end violence against women via social media has the potential to lead to collective action and a collective solution when shared personal issues are understood to be political in nature and those who care unite and take action in hopes of creating positive socio-cultural change. For example, HarassMap begun in 2009 at http://harassmap.org/en/what-we-do/the-map/ is a website that enables women worldwide to anonymously report acts of sexual harassment via text message and other ways to report. Harassment locations are marked on the website and local community outreach efforts are coordinated where harassment occurs (Human Rights First, 2012).

GenderArtNet is an experimental mapping project exploring the interrelation of gender, ethnicity, race, class and sexualities in contemporary Europe. Concept and development: Bettina Knaup in cooperation with Maria Ptqk and the media art organisation Constant vzw, Brussels. http://genderartnet.constantvzw.be/emerge/

"Women on the Map! launched on March 8, 2013 for International Women's Day connects women across continents, creating a powerful visual representation of the vast, change-making impact women have on our world.”


ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION with links to examples

1. Blog Entry: "Consciousness-raising"

OVERVIEW OF WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR BLOG: Use the strategies discussed in the Clara Fischer (2010) article and write a short response of 400-800 words to include an "Exploding Dog" type image that conveys "your cultivation of a habit of flexibility and openness" that enable you "to reassess other habits, to doubt the certainty of previously taken-for-granted habits" (Fischer, 2010, p. 77).

Fischer, C. (2010). Consciousness and conscience: Feminism, pragmatism and the potential for radical change. Studies in Social Justice, 4(1), 67-85.

SPECIFIC PROCESS: Reflect on the following set of prompts. Your blog entry should be a reflection on an incident, experience, or gradual process in terms of gaining privilege, being privileged, or lacking privilege within specific contexts in relation to one or more of the prompts below. Rather than confessional descriptive stories, share stories as a reflection to illuminate difference and nuances to draw attention to the complexity of developing an action that is not an individual solution, but rather to change trajectories of injustice in current eco-political-social systems.

When did/do you become aware of:

  • The shape of your body?
  • The color of your skin?
  • Your gender?
  • Your sexual identity/orientation?
  • You socio-economic class?
  • Your religious/spiritual views?
  • Your political views?
  • Your age?

Intersubjective Prompts:

  • How do you see yourself?
  • What is your desired self?
  • How do others see you?
  • How does cyberspace construct your identity by the information you give and choices you make?
  • Do you have a race? What does race mean?
  • How are the conditions of others part of you?
  • What is your family's history through the lenses of various theories of race (i.e., religious, scientific, ethnicity, class, and nation-based)?
  • Is your history taught in schools you have attended? What is your history through race, socio-economic class, and gender lenses?

2. Read: Alexander, M. J., & Mohanty, C. (2010). Cartographies of knowledge and power: Transnational feminism as radical praxis.

3.Look at the following as different types of mapping

EVALUATION RUBRICS to be developed by the student as part of proposal/plan.

Feminist MAPPING Assignment

Introduced on Sept. 4.

  • Consciousness raising blog entry (due Sept. 11)
  • Project description (purpose & plan) blog entry (due Sept. 18)
  • Peer feedback (due Nov. 20)
  • Collaborative use of NVIVO 10 for qualitative analysis (November)
  • Interactive Map (presentations on Dec. 4 & Dec. 11)


How to map with Google Maps

How to map with remix tools

How to map with NVIVO

How to make cluster maps


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