Culture Mapping 2019

Call for papers, projects, and works-in-progress
Culture Mapping 2019: Migrations
April 12-13, 2019 @ NYU Washington Square

Featuring keynote speaker Liz Rodrigues, Humanities & Digital Scholarship Librarian, Grinnell College

Deadline: March 1, 2019
Submit a proposal

Critiquing a tendency in the digital humanities to replicate theoretical habits that “subsume the individual under repressive social constellations,” Kat Lecky offers the graphical user interface as a site of potential agency. In an article recently republished in Disrupting the Digital Humanities, she suggests that the humanities might bring to the GUI the chance to recognize a kind of fugitivity that pushes back against monolithic, hegemonic conceptions of the interface in embodied and quotidian ways: in other words, the chance to re-center the human. And, for Lecky as for others, discourses of the interface, digital humanities methods, and humanist pedagogy are always necessarily spatial, urging us to interrogate how scholarship, education, and design — like systemic violence and resistance — are inherently topographic projects.

New York University’s NewYorkScapes research collaborative is now welcoming submissions for its 2019 Culture Mapping symposium. We invite proposals that explore the intersection of space/place (with a particular but not exclusive interest in New York City), mapping and cartography in their various registers, and digital methods, and especially those that investigate justice, community, and/or resistance as spatial projects to whose nuance humanities methods attend. Emphasizing this year’s theme — “Migrations” — we seek to think critically and collaboratively about the role of sited human experience in digital scholarship and pedagogy.

We hope you’ll share how the migrations of bodies, artifacts, ideas, and data — to name just a few possibilities — figure in your digital or digitally-informed research, teaching, art and other experiments.

Proposals from across the humanities and social sciences are welcome. Faculty, librarians, graduate and undergraduate students, staff and administrators, and community members are all encouraged to participate. Potential areas of engagement include but are not limited to:

  • Digital cartography & GIS as tools for humanities research and teaching
  • Visualizing literary and historical materialisms
  • Digital-born media, art, literature, and games that thematize migration
  • Knowledge networks and infrastructures
  • Resistant, anti-racist, decolonial and/or indigenous mapping; mapping for social justice
  • Mapping as storytelling
  • Community-engaged culture mapping and project design
  • Instructional technology / technology-enhanced pedagogies, particularly in the context of teaching place-based cultural heritage
  • Data migration and data management plans in humanities and social sciences research
  • Citation, circulation, and publication networks
  • Archives and digital collections

Submissions can take the form of traditional paper / project presentations (10-20 minutes), five-minute lightning talks, performances, or roundtables (30-40 minutes). You may also propose a workshop on a methodology, technical or otherwise, in which you have expertise and which you feel would be of broad interest. Proposals should be 200-300 words in length and should describe the proposed topic, requested time length and format, and participants. To submit a proposal, please complete the online submission form. The submission deadline is March 1, 2019.

As part of the symposium, we hope to host a forum in which participants can briefly and informally describe current or planned projects, curricula, and experiences and solicit feedback or collaboration from fellow community members; if you’re interested in participating, or simply want to be notified when registration opens, sign up for our mailing list.