Sunday, April 12, 2009

[Yasmin_discussions] mapping


here is an interesting discussion on the HASTAC list talking about the impact
of mapping, and the various kinds of location technologies on both our social
perceptions and behaviours. There are numerous artists projects in this area.


Please join the HASTAC Scholars for a discussion on:
Mapping the Digital Humanities
A HASTAC Scholars Discussion Forum open now at

Much has been said of maps, and it seems that--with technologies and
software such as Loopt, the iPhone, ArcGIS, and Google Maps and
Earth--people are becoming increasingly familiar with where, exactly,
they are located. Of course, mapping suggests more than "you are
here." It implies not only the delimiting of how people relate to each
other, to space and place, and to objects, but also the study of how
those relationships emerge. What's more, mapping is no doubt a
slippery term. As scholars such as Willard McCarty note, it is
affiliated with an array of other concepts and practices, such as
modeling, diagramming, networking, and representation. With such
affiliations in mind, this HASTAC discussion, facilitated by Jentery
Sayers and Matthew W. Wilson, seeks to aggregate and unpack how
"mapping" (broadly understood) is mobilized in different learning and
research spaces, across the disciplines, in the field of the digital
* How does mapping inform how scholars identify novel patterns in
their own research and archives?
* What does mapping afford pedagogy and classroom learning, and how
does it foster collaboration and media expansion?
* How do mapping projects by academics alter how they engage their
community partners and publics, and vice versa?

Regardless of experience in or familiarity with the digital
humanities, we invite participation from anyone who is currently
involved in a mapping project. We imagine that contributors could
include, but are certainly not limited to, critical geographers,
cartographers, literary historians, artists, architects and urban
planners, community-based researchers, cultural anthropologists,
information scientists, students in digital humanities courses, public
intellectuals, and scholars of new media, design, and composition.

Come join in the discussion at

Jentery Sayers is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the
University of Washington (UW), and he teaches computer-integrated
courses situated in the digital humanities, new media, and science and
technology studies. In both his research and teaching, he is invested
not only in historicizing technology in particular cultural contexts,
but also exploring how it can be mobilized through creative, critical
and collaborative projects. His dissertation, "Invisible
Technologies?: Media Ecology and the Senses", attends to how
technology is culturally embedded in 19th and 20th century
Anglo-American literature, with particular emphasis on sound
technologies and their relation to print. In Spring 2009, he is
teaching two courses: “Mapping the Digital Humanities" (an advanced
undergraduate course at UW-Seattle, in the Comparative History of
Ideas program) and "New Media Production" (an introductory arts
technique course at UW-Bothell, in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences).
He has been named a HASTAC Scholar, a UW Huckabay Teaching Fellow, and
a UW Science Studies Network Fellow for his technology-focused
cultural research and collaborations in the development of digital
humanities curricula. In 2009-10, he will be a dissertation fellow in
the Society of Scholars at the Simpson Center for the Humanities at
the UW.

Matthew W. Wilson is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of
Geography at the University of Washington, and will be Assistant
Professor of Geography at Ball State University in the next academic
year. His research is situated across political, feminist, and urban
geography as well as science and technoculture studies, interfacing
these with the more specified field of ‘critical geographic
information systems’. He is interested in how geographic information
technologies enable particular neighborhood assessment endeavors, and
how these kinds of geocoding activities mobilize notions of
‘quality-of-life’ and ‘sustainability’. His dissertation
research concentrates at the intersections of several phenomena,
namely the energies with which nonprofit and community organizations
approach neighborhood quality-of-life issues, the increased role that
geographic information technologies have in addressing this kind of
indicator work, as well as the increased geocoding of city spaces more
generally. In his fifth year as an instructor with the University of
Washington GIS Certificate program, he lectures on principles of
cartography and cartographic critique. He also serves as the editorial
assistant for Social & Cultural Geography. He has been named a HASTAC
Scholar and a Huckabay Teaching Fellow, for his collaborative role in
developing interdisciplinary pedagogies for the digital humanities.

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