Schedule

10-10:05 AMWelcome and Opening Remarks
10:05-10:50 AM Keynote Lecture and Q&A: GoFundUS: A Critical and Creative GIS and Geovisualization Project to Unmap and Understand Inequalities in Medical Crowdfunding
10:50 AM-12 PM Short Talks

Keynote

UW Bothell faculty Jin-Kyu Jung and Nora Kenworthy will give the keynote lecture, GoFundUS: A Critical and Creative GIS and Geovisualization Project to Unmap and Understand Inequalities in Medical Crowdfunding.

What would be the ways in which digital spatial information and mapping can constitute the means for, and be part of, social transformation, confronting/contesting social, spatial, and digital health inequality in the era of Big Data and data spectacle? What interventions from critical/qualitative/creative GIS and geovisualization could demonstrate how digital data could be reappropriated and repurposed to produce spatial knowledges that are situated, reflexive, non-masculinist, emotional/affective, inclusive, and polyvocal and flexible rather than foundational? After years of intensive ethnographic, quantitative, and geospatial efforts to understand the experiences of people using a medical crowdfunding campaign like GoFundMe, we embarked on a project to develop a public interactive web map site—GofundUS—which uses non-linear ‘storyscapes’ to disrupt the affects, narratives, and ontologies of crowdfunding platforms, creating transformative spaces for new affective engagements, knowledges, and narratives to emerge. Our presentation will showcase and critically analyze some of the speculative strategies used to create these storyscapes, including polyvocal composite poetry from campaign text fragments, creatively reconstituted campaign pages embedded with social “metadata” that is typically invisible to platform users, and creative geovisualizations that map the affective and unknowable terrains of crowdfunding economies. The talk will also demonstrate how multi-epistemological ‘processual’ approaches of making, engaging, and representing spatial knowledge and complexity can transcend the persistent limitations of scientific/quantitative social scientific GIS mapping approaches.

Jin-Kyu Jung is an Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Washington Seattle. He received a PhD in Geography and a M.U.P. in Urban Planning from State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo), and a BA in Urban Engineering in Pusan National University in South Korea. He is an urban geographer/planner whose interdisciplinary research program contributes to critical, qualitative and creative possibilities of GIS and geographic visualization in understanding socio-spatial processes and politics of urban space in an engaged way.

Nora Kenworthy is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Washington (UW) Bothell, and holds adjunct faculty positions in the Departments of Global Health and Anthropology at UW Seattle. Her research, teaching, and public outreach explores the unintended impacts and politics of charitable health initiatives for communities. More broadly, her work tracks how digital technologies, commercial interests, and political inequities are key determinants shaping health in the US and globally. She is currently finishing up a multi-year, collaborative project on the use of crowdfunding for personal healthcare expenses, and its implications for health equity and health financing. She holds a PhD and MA from Columbia University and a BA from Williams College.

Short Talks

First Group

Brett Halperin -- Interactive Digital Story Mapping to Document Housing (In)justice through Community-Based Design
Graduate Student, Human Centered Design & Engineering

Anna Nguyen and Madison Heslop -- Entanglements: Counter-Mapping the History of Asian Migration onto Coast Salish Lands
Graduate Students, History

Maya Smith -- "Reclaiming Venus" through ArcGIS Story Maps
Faculty Member, French and Italian

Natalie Vaughan-Wynn -- The Uneven Geographies of Digital Food Apartheid
Graduate Student, Geography

Second Group

Xiaohan Yao -- Earthquakes' Influence on Populations and Land Cover in King County with GIS
Undergraduate Student, Earth and Space Sciences

Jessie Woldstad -- Snow Coverage on Mount Rainier: 2001 vs. 2021
Undergraduate Student, Geography: Data Science

Mike Lang and Elizabeth Davis -- The Disaster Response Exercise: Mapping a Post-Earthquake Environment from a Bicyclist's Perspective
Undergraduate Student, Environmental Science & Resource Management and Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences