Session 8

8. Hybrid Mapping and Critical Cartography as Research Methodologies for Cities

This panel brings together urban researchers and educators who have applied hybrid mapping or critical cartography as research tools in cities of the world but mainly in the global south. This panel aims to explore innovative mapping techniques (between quantitative, qualitative, and mixed) as ways of collecting, visualizing, and analyzing data. Moreover, it combines inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives, as well as pro-cedural elements into spatial displays. Hybridity as a concept has proliferated in urban studies in various ways, such as the cyborg, (post-)colonial complexities, and the human-nature relationship. In its wid-est sense, hybridity refers to the multifarious entanglements of human and non-human actors, materialities, and cultural meanings in the contemporary city. Hy-bridity challenges conventional polarizations, such as informal/formal, pub-lic/private, nature/culture, rural/ urban, and technology/human. In spatial research methodology, hybridity has recently appeared as a means to ex-pand critical mapping by “designerly ways of knowing”. This effort aims to combine the self-reflective and process-oriented procedures of critical mapping with aspects of affect and emotion, as well as the creativity involved in doing research. Through process-orientation, self-reflection, and design approaches, hybrid mapping can integrate positionality, “southern” perspectives, and indigenous knowledge systems into critical urban re-search. More importantly, it incorporates these different types of data sets into spatial displays. This approach, in a way, also addresses the contextuality of urban knowledge. The inter- and transdisciplinary nature also allows for flexibility and new knowledge and method production. By doing so, hybrid mapping can potentially contribute to provincializing critical urban research and generating valuable new insights into cities. This session invites all contributors interested in sharing and discussing socio-spatial research topics and teaching that employs or considers hybrid mapping or critical cartography in cities, mainly of the global south. Proposals may include data collec-tion and analysis experiences, critical reflections of these methods, as well as on the kinds of outputs these methods generate.