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    Curating digital geographies in an era of data colonialism

    Fraser, Alistair (2019) Curating digital geographies in an era of data colonialism. Geoforum. ISSN 0016-7185

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    The spaces of/for (human and non-human) life are inescapably infused and bound up with the digital. The concept of ‘data colonialism’ has emerged against this general backdrop, connecting fruitfully with research on ‘digital geographies’ and a broader ‘critical data studies’ literature. ‘Curation’ is frequently invoked in these contributions, although the experiences taking shape when digital subjects curate digital geographies in an era of data colonialism have not been given sufficient attention. In response, this paper uses an autoethnography of everyday digital practices to probe the possibilities and constraints in play when digital subjects curate digital geographies. The analysis reviews how ‘iterative interplays’ and ‘constellations of contingencies’ are given vitality when digital geographies of ‘flow’ and ‘territory’ are pursued. The paper concludes with observations and provocations for future research on what we might refer to as ‘data curation.’

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Data colonialism; Digital geographies; Critical data studies; Curation; Contingencies; Autoethnography;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 13809
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    Depositing User: Alistair Fraser
    Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2021 10:50
    Journal or Publication Title: Geoforum
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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