Living Maps III: Grounding Knowledge

Five Dreamings, painter – Michael Nelson Jakamarra, assisted by Marjorie Napaljarri, Papunya, Central Australia, 1984 acrylic on canvas, 122 x 182 cm.

Next Tuesday will see the third seminar in the Living Maps series. After ‘Mapping the Field’ and ‘Hidden Histories’, ‘Grounding Knowledge’ will see Øyvind EideIain Boal and David Pinder tackle issues of power and politics. I will be travelling down to London from Manchester for it myself.

Hosted this time at QMUL, the seminar will aim to interrogate the epistemological bases for mapping in the modern world. Questions such as “how are maps situated?”, “how do they tell specific stories?” and “how do they propose new ways of existence?” all pertinent.

Content from seminar’s ONE and TWO can also be viewed over at the Living Maps website. Tickets for each seminar are priced at £5 for students/unwaged and £20 for professionals/academics. They can be purchased individually from here. It will run from 18.00 – 20.30.

Living Maps

Apologies for the silence on this blog of late, because despite coming across a wealth of mapping articles, videos and whatnot, I’ve been rather busy putting together a few pieces of work that have had to take precedence! I will try to remedy this in the next month or so, despite the continuation of these efforts. As a good start, I would like to draw people’s attention towards the 2014 Living Maps Seminar Series which had its launch earlier this month.

The first was entitled ‘Mapping the Field’ and saw input from Phil Cohen and Christian Nold, following a screening of the short film The Map is Not the Territory. Here are details of the remaining 6 seminars:

SEMINAR 2 : Hidden Histories
Exploring strategies to excavate hidden layers of cultural and natural histories and put them on the map.
VENUE: The Building Exploratory, London 11/02/2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SEMINAR 3 : Grounding Knowledge
Looking at maps that have site specific and partisan purposes, addressing issues of power and politics.
VENUE: City Centre Queen Mary University of London, London 11/03/2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SEMINAR 4 : Marginalised Bodies, Liminal Spaces
Looking at issues of disability and the fight for access to the city.
VENUE: UEL Docklands Campus, London 13/05/2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SEMINAR 5 : Constructing New Geographies
Addressing the contradictions of mapping the post-modern city: the self-defining spaces and the centres of power.
VENUE: Dept. of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, Birkbeck University of London, London 10/06/2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SEMINAR 6 : Communities of Resistance
Case studies in regeneration and gentrification, communities of resistance and the role of ‘counter mapping’.
VENUE: UCL Urban Laboratory, 4th Floor Central House, London 08/07/2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SEMINAR 7 : Mapping the Future
How far can GIS be mobilized for radical action; can artists maps offer a representation of emergent political landscapes?
VENUE: The Young Foundation, London 22/07/2014