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Feminist theories are not uncommon in visualisation research. Feminism have guided discussions about the principles of design, ethical considerations when using data, and guidelines for considering the impact of visualisations. Derya's research builds on extant work at the intersection of feminism and visualisation by engaging with feminist theories to further trouble common assumptions within visualisation research. During this talk, she will discuss her recent work, threading together three projects at this intersection: feminist ethics of care as a lens to understand researcher responsibility during collaborations; a situated materialist perspective on data and knowledge; and performance art as protest against chart junk.


Derya Akbaba is a PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology at Linköping University supported through the WASP program. In her research, she applies feminist theories to visualization research methods and practices, exploring how power and privilege shape the foundational assumptions of visualisation research. She obtained her bachelors degree in industrial and labor relations, with minors in economics and cognitive science at Cornell University, and received a masters degree in computer science from the University of Utah. Between her bachelors and masters degree, she worked at a small start-up in NYC where she developed the theoretical foundations of a novel class of information system, while running the data visualisation and design team.

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Bush House (S)5.01
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