Reflect on Representation and Prior Work.

Which pictures and examples do we use in our project? From which local, social, temporal context did these emerge? Why do we use these particular pictures, examples, …?

Representation also includes examples, pictures and imagery. Here, researchers can reflect on unmarked norms embedded in their visualisations and textual examples, and find more diversity where possible.

As most prior work operates from a binary, essentialist understanding of gender1, denaturalising prior work2 can also mean broadening representation and attending to cultural differences where appropriate.

  1. Essentialist understanding of gender assumes the existence of a strict, unchangeable, complementary set of genitalia which correlates with assigned gender, learned behaviour, and social roles.↩︎

  2. … making explicit that prior work is a product of its context, and not a „given“.↩︎