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Mapping in Arts and Humanities Research SYMPOSIUM
Tue, June 27, 2017, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM BST
MAPPING IN ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH
TUESDAY, JUNE 27TH, 2017
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
ROOM K2.31 NASH LECTURE THEATRE
Co-hosted by King’s College London and University College London
Funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP)
Theories and practices of mapping have been increasingly prominent and influential in arts and humanities research in the past twenty years. The histories of art, architecture, film, literature, and other cultural forms have been retold from geographical, spatial perspectives, across disciplinary lines, by Giuliana Bruno, Denis Cosgrove, Tom Conley, Thomas Da Costa Kauffmann, Rob Kitchin, Franco Moretti, Ricardo Padron, and Todd Presner, to name just a few. Drawing on rich influences in geography, sociology, architecture and urban planning, these scholars and others have used maps to rethink art, culture, and the humanities, or vice versa. As such, mapping has become one of the key tools by which arts and humanities researchers have collaborated and innovated, and by which they have interacted with the social sciences.
Many arts and humanities researchers today seek to incorporate maps and mapping in their research, and yet provision of training and opportunities for critical reflection are rare in this specific cross-disciplinary area. This is despite the fact that digital technologies have made mapping increasingly feasible and sophisticated, in technical terms, even for those without specialist cartographic training. Mapping has also become increasingly informative and rewarding methodologically – e.g. what Todd Presner calls “thick mapping” - as a complement to, or, for some, even a replacement for, certain, more traditional aspects of research.
On June 27th, 2017, King’s College London and University College London will co-host a one-day symposium with the aim of examining the use of maps in arts and humanities research. The symposium will be open to all. Providing an opportunity to reflect on the strengths, limitations, and methodological challenges and problems posed by maps and mapping in arts and humanities research, this symposium will feature approximately 8-10 twenty-minute papers by PhD student and postdoctoral speakers and one invited keynote speaker.
We have great pleasure in announcing that the keynote speaker will be Professor Shannon Mattern of the New School for Social Research, in New York. Mattern is the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities (2017) and Deep Mapping the Media City (2015), both published by University of Minnesota Press, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. ( http://www.wordsinspace.net/shannon/ )
The Symposium will be free of charge, although advance registration is absolutely required. A light lunch, tea and coffee, will be provided.
Call for papers for the Symposium
We invite PhD students or postdoctoral scholars in relevant fields to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers on subjects or issues relating to the rationale laid out above. These might be considerations of methodological issues, technical challenges, interdisciplinarity, or case studies of a particular map or maps either as representations or artefacts in their own right or for the light they shed on some other object of research. Proposals should include an abstract of about 500 words, an indicative bibliography of four items, and a short bio which should include a brief indication of the topic of your PhD or other research project. Please also make sure to indicate your institutional affiliation, if you have one.
To submit a proposal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposals must be received no later than Friday, April 21st, 2017.
In the preceding weeks, on June 14th and June 21st, there will also be two half-day workshops on the same topic, one at King's and the other at UCL. The workshops will be aimed primarily at current PhD students, with a limited number of places for postdoctoral researchers and others. To register for the workshops, there is a separate registration here:
We encourage interested PhD students to attend all three events. There is a limit on the number of places in the workshops - a maximum of thirty people. The audience at the symposium will be larger.
About the organisers
Mark Shiel is Reader in Film Studies and Urbanism in the Department of Film Studies at King’s College London. He has published widely on the subject of cinema and cities, most recently his monograph Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles (Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press, 2012).
Roland-François Lack is a Senior Lecturer in the French Department at UCL, where he teaches nineteenth-century literature and twentieth-century film. He is the author of numerous works on Lautréamont, Kristeva, Tel Quel, and the nouvelle vague, and he is the author and curator of the celebrated website cinetourist.net
The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, which is in turn funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
These events will also form part of the first year’s activities of the new London Urban Media Research Network, a collaboration of KCL, UCL, the LSE, and Birkbeck College aimed at coordinating and increasing research activity on the interaction of cities and media, broadly defined.