Title: “Interrogating Participatory GIS and Participatory Mapping – attributes and ascriptions”
Michael Keith McCall, Senior Researcher in CIGA, UNAM in Morelia, Mexico
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 11- 12h
Venue: Room Z/022
After an overview of what PGIS/ PMapping have been doing over the past 2 decades -the `who, what, and how`- this session will open into discussion of where the methodology and the ethical frame may be heading. Are PGIS/ PMap approaches being disruptive, subversive, critical? or are they being complicit, deceitful, exceptionalist? Let us make reflections on some key contested values and concepts in the PGIS universe: purpose & intentionality, validation & reliability, representativeness & exceptionalism, trust & ownership, truthfulness & manipulability, …
Michael McCall is Senior Researcher in CIGA, UNAM in Morelia, Mexico. Before that he was Associate Professor in ITC, Enschede, Netherlands for many years, and earlier for 8 years at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and in Sri Lanka. His academic degrees in Geography are from the University of Bristol and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. He is a social geographer by training and inclination, engaged in Latin America, Eastern & Southern Africa, and South Asia. His research areas and publications are in social mapping and participatory GIS with communities – on natural resource management, landscapes and territories, payment for environmental services, forest carbon, and (urban) risks and vulnerability. He has guided research students, and taught courses and workshops in Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Netherlands, Georgia, Catalonia, India, Nepal, Thailand, et al.