Please join us on at Mapping and Its Discontents, a symposium co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Initiative and the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative. At this interdisciplinary gathering, mapmakers, map users, and critics from the worlds of science, urban planning, architecture, history, art, and new media will examine the ways maps work. At a time when ubiquitous surveillance is creating new kinds of maps and mappable data, we will examine age-old problems of space, representation, narrative, and power in maps.
Is a map a mirror? A window? A weapon? A work of art? What are its limits as an analytical tool?
Symposium speakers will include:
- Denis Wood, Geographer, Everything Sings, The Power of Maps
- Laura Kurgan, Director, Spatial Information Design Lab, Columbia University
- Robin Grossinger, Historical Ecology Program Manager, San Francisco Estuary Institute
- Annette Kim, Director, MIT SLAB
- Zephyr Frank, Stanford Spatial History Project
- Eve Blau, Architectural Historian, Harvard Graduate School of Design
- Katharine Harmon, The Map as Art, You Are Here
- Rebecca Solnit, Author, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas
- Jon Christensen, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Mapping and its Discontents will begin at in the Tamalpais Room of the Brower Center (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley), concluding in the early evening. Seats are filling fast, so we invite you to pre-register.
"See-Through Maps: Maps that Lay Bare Their Point of View," an associated on-line and in-person exhibit and competition associated with the symposium, is accepting submissions through . Click for information on submitting entries.
For Waitlisted Students: All Student spots have been filled, but you can attend the full event if you become a volunteer! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mapping and Its Discontents is part of a Mellon Foundation effort to bring together together scholars and practitioners from the humanities and environmental design to develop new research methods and pedagogical approaches to the study of cities. The UC Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Initiative, a joint venture between the College of Environmental Design and the Arts & Humanities Division of the College of Letters & Science, is creating new cross-disciplinary theory, methods, and studio courses and symposia examining urban form and experience. The UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative brings together faculty across departments to develop seminars, workshops, studios, and public events exploring global cities.
We very much hope that you can join us for the symposium and future conversations around cities, design, and the humanities.
Contact: email@example.com, 510 664 4077