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Accepted Paper:

A short history of food mapping  

Authors:

Katrin Bohn (University of Brighton)
Ferne Edwards (NTNU)

Paper short abstract:

Traditional mapping practices have drastically changed in recent years. Often, the new mapping enables a new way of approaching urban issues. Urban food practices, a topic of increasing interest, are also prolific in uptaking new mapping styles. This paper explores the young history of food mapping.

Paper long abstract:

Traditional mapping practices have drastically changed in recent years from having an apolitical, authorative voice. Enabled by new technologies and varying visualisation methods, maps are no longer singular, static or reductive but instead are being transformed to make visible and to empower by engaging different perspectives, subjects and tempos. Popular, novel approaches include guerrilla, emotional and critical cartography which enrich current urban design and planning studies with complex and surprising findings. Often, the new mapping practices enable - and are enabled by - a new way of approaching contemporary urban issues.

Urban food practices, a topic of increasing interest to all, anthropology, geography and urban design due to increasing urbanisation, environmental concerns and a desire to reconnect to nature and to one's food source, are also prolific in uptaking new mapping styles. Using GIS and other forms of artist, participatory and community mapping, amongst others, food mapping provides a rich arena in which to apply mapping as a tool to communicate new ways of understanding urban space, identities, relationships, alternative economies, mobilities and connections across the city and beyond.

This paper explores the yet young history of food mapping from anthropology and urban design perspectives with the aim to establish a first systematic overview of food mapping's visual outputs and production processes. The paper seeks to explore the tensions, criticisms and new theoretical and methodological directions that such mapping introduces across disciplines in relation to key themes that include identity, space-use conflicts, gender, migration, the senses, ecology, productivity, and home/place-making through food.

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