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Workshop: Thick Mapping and Spatial Humanities with Todd Presner
Friday, February 22, 2013, 12:30-2:00 pm
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
Not unlike the notion of “thick description” made famous by anthropologist Clifford Geertz, “thick mapping” connotes a kind of cultural analysis of space trained on the political, economic, linguistic, social, and other stratificatory and contextual realities in which human beings act and create. Thick maps are multi-dimensional, temporally layered, extensible, and polyvocal representations that foreground different ways of authoring, knowing, experiencing, and meaning-making. Thick maps are not simply "more data" on maps, but interrogations of the very possibility of data, mapping, and cartographic representational practices. "Thickness" arises from the never-ending friction between maps and counter-maps, constructions and deconstructions, mappings and counter-mappings.
In this workshop, Todd Presner will explore some of the emerging tools and platforms in the “spatial humanities” for creating “thick maps” and “thick visualizations” as well as discuss the HyperCities project and his recent book, Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (Harvard UP, 2013).
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Todd Presner is Chair of UCLA’s Digital Humanities program and is Professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature. He is also the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. He is the founder and director of HyperCities, a digital mapping project, and most recently a co-author of the book, Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2012), with Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, and Jeffrey Schnapp. He just completed a book called HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (Harvard UP, 2013). His current project is a called "The Ethics of the Algorithm" and examines the 50,000+ Holocaust testimonies of the Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive in order to explore how a database or information architecture can be "ethical."