Event—Public Programming

Place, Space, and Feminine Homicide in Chicago, 1871-1919


In the late nineteenth century, police arrested public women for working, fighting, and killing in the streets, saloons, and brothels of Chicago. Over time, however, arrests of public women decreased and women increasingly killed their offspring, partners, and rivals in love. GIS technology illuminates the spatial shifts in women’s homicide over the turn of the twentieth century by layering data and boundaries from multiple maps and archival sources. The colloquium will discuss the power of digital mapping to yield insight into the relationships between gender, homicide, and space, while also exploring how additional layers could increase the capacity of the map and considering what is lost or obfuscated when fusing multiple maps together.