Sunday, February 17, 2008

Maps as Method conference session at RGS-IBG

I have co-organised a triple session at the up coming RGS-IBG conference with Chris Perkins. You can read the abstracts of the papers being offered.

Session description:

These sessions are jointly organised with the Maps in Society Commission of the International Cartographic Association. Their goal is to challenge the inexorable decline in map use by demonstrating the capabilities of geographers and others to work creatively through cartography. The aim is to foster a theoretically informed discussion around the different ways maps have been, are being, or could be employed in geographical research, learning and teaching. Papers address technological solutions offering innovative ways forward, in very different contexts, as well as confronting taken-for-granted notions around the status of mapping practices inside and outside the academy. They focus around the creation of a product, on pedagogic progress, on different kinds of community engagement and on the methodological and philosophical implications of mapping as method. Taken together they show how maps can make a positive difference to what we do, and that working through maps can be both creative and emancipatory.

Session 1

Mashup Cartography for Data Exploration
Jason Dykes, City University
Jo Wood, City University
Aiden Slingsby, City University

Tranquillity Matters Too - Mapping Tranquillity
Helen Dunsford, Northumbria University
Duncan Fuller, Northumbria University
Claire Haggett, Newcastle University

Geography Made by Outsiders? Maps and the Google Generation
Pablo Mateos, UCL
Paul A. Longley, UCL

Teaching and Learning the City through Participatory Mapping
Libman Kimberly, City University of New York

Mental Mapping as a Methodology: Its Evolution, Its Usefulness, and the Ways in which We May Analyze Them
Jen Gieseking, City University of New York

Session 2

Noise to Signal Ratio - Mapping the Boundaries of Science as Art and Art as Science
Muki Haklay, UCL
Christian Nold, UCL

Getting the Words onto the Map: Walking Interviews, Rescue Geography and the Joys of KML Phil Jones, University of Birmingham
James Evans, University of Manchester
Jane Ricketts University of Birmingham

Using Maps Creatively to More Critically Understand the Creative City
Chris Brennan-Horley, University of Wollongong
Chris Gibson, University of Wollongong

Interactive Community Mapping in London
Coleen Whitaker, London 21 Sustainability Network
Louise Francis, London 21 Sustainability Network

Session 3

Cartography - A Discipline of Two Halves
Mike Wood, Aberdeen University
Mike Smith, Kingston University

Comics & Table Saws: Experimental Cartography Methods for Recovering Ontology
Jeremy Crampton, Georgia State University
John Krygier, Ohio Wesleyan University

A Vision of Britain through Time: Publishing an On-line Historical Atlas for Everyone
Humphrey Southall, Portsmouth University

Mapping Narratives
Mei-Po Kwan, Ohio State University


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