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Culture Mapping @ NYU

How might digital technologies help enable new ways of conceptualizing history, visualizing place, and mapping culture?

NewYorkScapes presents a one-day symposium on the use of digital tools in the study of urban cultures. A series of panels, workshops, and project presentations will explore scholarly and pedagogical approaches to geospatial data, cultural geography, and interactive storytelling. Participants will hear from humanities scholars, data scientists, librarians and archivists working at the intersections of technology and cultural study.



9:00-9:30 Refreshments

9:30-10:45 Culture Mapping in the Classroom: Research-led teaching and Geospatial Data

Moderator: Him Mistry, Manager, Data Services, NYU Libraries.

•  Prof. Heather Lee, NYU Shanghai

• Prof. Anna Greenspan, NYU Shanghai

• Prof. Moacir de Sa Pereira, NYU Department of English


11:00-12:00 Culture mapping: Tactics, tools, communities

Moderator: Thomas Augst, NYU English.

• Annette M. Kim, Associate Professor at Sol Price School of Public Policy, and Director of the Spatial Analysis Lab [SLAB], University of Southern California. 12:00-12:30 Refreshments

12:30-1:45 Meet NewYorkScapes: Town Hall

Interested in applying digital tools to the interpretation and visualization of cultures, geographies, and urban experience? Join us in building a research community in spatial humanities and urban cultures. With Thomas Augst, NYU English / Dr. Nicholas Wolf, NYU Libraries /Armanda Lewis, FAS Technology Seth Kaufman, Founder, Whirl-i-Gig/Collective Access, Yulee Jun, NYU-IT

2:00-4:00 Data Clinic, BYOD (Silverstein Lounge)

Are you working on a digital project involving data visualization, text mining, mapping, or managing personal digital research files? Do you have orphan data, weird data, disorganized data, or data that’s hard to manage? Come to this clinic and consult with the digital research specialists of Data Services @ NYU Libraries. Please register in advance for this session, and if possible submit your data and a project description.

2:00-4:30 Project showcase and lightning talks

Learn about project-based scholarship with fellow-travellers in pedagogy, cartography, data-wrangling, and interactive storytelling. If you are interested in sharing your work in progress, please submit a brief proposal using our Lightning Talks application form.

4:30-6:00 Reception & Exhibition