Mapping and Its Discontents

Abstract Image by Kurgan Brooklyn
Friday, Nov 1, 2013 | 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way
United States

Is a map a mirror, a window, a weapon, or a work of art? From lines drawn in clay to geographic information systems (GIS), humans have constructed an understanding of the world through visual representations of space for millennia. At this interdisciplinary symposium, mapmakers, users, and critics from the worlds of science, urban planning, literature, and new media will examine the ways maps work.

Speakers include Eve Blau (Harvard Graduate School of Design), Jon Christense (UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability), Zephyr Frank (Stanford Spatial History Project), Robin Grossinger (San Francisco Estuary Institute), Katharine Harmon (Author, The Map as Art and You Are Here), Annette Kim (MIT SLAB), Laura Kurgan (Spatial Information Design Lab, Columbia University), Rebecca Solnit (author, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas), and Denis Wood (author, Everything Sings).

For more information visit the event website.
View a video of the symposium.
Mapping and Its Discontents is the inaugural symposium of the Global Urban Humanities Initiative supported by the Mellon Foundation and cosponsored by the College of Environmental Design, the Division of Arts & Humanities, the Arts Research Center, the David Brower Center and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.
Part of the