Ecopolitical Mapping: A Multispecies Research Methodology for Environmental Communication

  • Jens Benöhr LMU München (Germany)
  • Maike Brinksma Wageningen University and Research (Wageningen, The Netherlands)
  • Ross Donihue Maps for Good (Seattle, United States)
  • David Farò Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento (Trento, Italy)
  • Antonia Lara Freelance Artist
  • Kara Lena Virik TU Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
  • Alejandro Ponce de León University of California (Davis, United States)
  • Cristian Toro Centro Cultural Toda la Teoría del Universo (Concepción, Chile)
  • Bastian Gygli Montaraz Comunicaciones (Concepción, Chile)
  • Daniel Romo Fundación Senderismo y Naturaleza (Concepción, Chile)
  • Franziska E. Walther Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
Palabras clave: Creative Methodologies, Collective Mapping, Environmental Communication, Multispecies Research, Cohabitation, Coexistence

Resumen

Ecopolitical Mapping is a methodology which seeks to map encounters of love and disaster between humans and their more-than-human surroundings. This methodology, first coined by an transdisciplinary group of artists and researchers in South Chile, unfolds through collective mapping sessions using an ecopolitical approach to trace the power relationships between different species-beings. In this research document, we unpack our engagements with this methodology in three different scales and territories: the Biobío Watershed (Chile), Berlin City (Germany) and Europe (Continent). Each case presented a strong environmental communication component, which ended up with the translation of the stories of the encounters into illustrated maps. The methodological approach proposed here is intimate, political and situated. The map evolves from a supposed politically neutral artifact into a tool for environmental education, communication, and activism. We offer the notionand approach, hoping that this methodology can be practiced and refined by other humans, allies of the tentacle kinship.

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Biografía del autor/a

Jens Benöhr, LMU München (Germany)

LMU München

Maike Brinksma, Wageningen University and Research (Wageningen, The Netherlands)

MSc International Land and Water Management. Wageningen University.

Ross Donihue, Maps for Good (Seattle, United States)

Geographer and visual storyteller. Yale University & Maps for Good.

David Farò, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento (Trento, Italy)

University of Trento, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering.

Antonia Lara, Freelance Artist

Independent artist.

Kara Lena Virik, TU Berlin (Berlin, Germany)

Urban Researcher, Landscape Architect, Technical University Berlin.

Alejandro Ponce de León, University of California (Davis, United States)

PhD candidate in Cultural Studies. University of California, Davis.

Cristian Toro, Centro Cultural Toda la Teoría del Universo (Concepción, Chile)

Independent artist.

Bastian Gygli, Montaraz Comunicaciones (Concepción, Chile)

Universidad de Concepción.

Daniel Romo, Fundación Senderismo y Naturaleza (Concepción, Chile)

Senderismo y Naturaleza Educación.

Franziska E. Walther, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Berlin, Germany)

Msc student. Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10099, Berlin,
Germany.

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Publicado
2022-03-30
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Benöhr, Jens, Maike Brinksma, Ross Donihue, David Farò, Antonia Lara, Kara Lena Virik, Alejandro Ponce de León, Cristian Toro, Bastian Gygli, Daniel Romo, y Franziska E. Walther. 2022. «Ecopolitical Mapping: A Multispecies Research Methodology for Environmental Communication». Revista CS, n.º 36 (marzo), 317 -43. https://doi.org/10.18046/recs.i36.5275.