International migration continues to be a key aspect of the city, both shaping and being shaped by urbanisation. To explore the intersections between migration and urbanisation, the city street provides a valuable empirical point of reference, where migrant urbanisms are articulated, negotiated and contested. For researchers of the City Street and migrant urbanisms, data visualisations can be an effective and radical way to disseminate knowledge. Visualisations can effectively highlight the skilled participation of migrants in city-making and civic life, which can potentially contribute, refute and challenge mainstream urban narratives.
This symposium, ‘Migrant streets: exploring radical visualisations’ on September 21st at LSE Cities, London, sought to explore the radical potential of data visualisations, asking how the visualisation can go beyond mere representation and become an exploratory tool for insights with an emphasis on social and political issues related to inequality and diversity in the urban context.
The symposium is part of the ‘Super-diverse Streets’ project funded by the ESRC, (ref: ES/L009560/1).