Erin McElroy | Assistant professor of American studies at the University of Texas at Austin; Cofounder of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
About the Talk: This lecture will focus on the maps, tools, and media produced by the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project—a data visualization, digital cartography, and multimedia collective that produces an array of work to support ongoing housing justice organizing in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and Los Angeles. Attention will be placed upon the tech gentrification contexts in which the AEMP emerged, how the volunteer-based collective functions, its prioritization of local and regional partnerships, and how it navigates complex tensions around using data and digital technologies to help organize against property technologies of racial dispossession.
Erin McElroy is an assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and cofounder of both the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and the Radical Housing Journal. Erin’s work focuses on the intersections of housing and technological justice struggles, particularly regarding contexts of racial dispossession in both the US and in Romania. Erin earned their doctoral degree in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has spent the last two years as a postdoctoral researcher at New York University’s AI Now Institute where they launched a new project dedicated to studying and producing public scholarship related to landlord technologies.