Call for Roundtable Participation: Urban Humanities

Cultural Geography and Graduate Scholarship in the Humanities: A Roundtable on Digital Methods
12:30 pm-2:30 pm

We invite graduate students working on projects that use digital methods to explore cultural geography to participate in a seminar-style roundtable as part of the upcoming Urban Humanities Symposium at the Humanities Initiative at NYU on Friday, April 11, 2014.

This roundtable aims to facilitate an open discussion among MA and PhD students interested in applying the concepts and tools of digital scholarship and cultural geography to humanities-based research. We hope the occasion provides an opportunity for graduate students across disciplines to share ideas, questions, and challenges related to the design of research projects involving digital tools, the methods and concepts of spatial analysis, and the potential contribution of such methods to humanities scholarship. Each participant will have an opportunity to briefly present his or her current project and engage in a larger discussion about spatial humanities methods and processes.

Digital approaches to cultural geography and urban humanities may include GIS and mapping, 3D modeling, creating spacio-cultural datasets, designing repositories for data, or creative visualizations and articulations of space and place. Graduate student participants may be at any stage in their projects, from conception and planning through completed product. If you are interested in sharing your project and participating in this cross-disciplinary discussion, please send a brief 250-word project description/expression of interest by Friday, March 7 to Kristen Highland and Blevin Shelnutt at

NewYorkScapes is a research community exploring the concepts, tools, and resources in the digital humanities to the study of urban space.  Through conversation and collaboration among scholars, archivists, artists, and activists, it seeks to facilitate the development of projects related to interpretation, curation, and communication of the documentary record of New York City, and projects engaging with the aesthetics, art, literature, design and other experiences of the city.  What new opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration do digital tools afford scholars working in these areas? How might new digital tools make the art, culture and history of New York visible in new ways, to new publics?  How might multidisciplinary inquiry into the city’s evolving cultural geographies foster critical engagement with institutions, media, spaces, and performances that continue to shape urban experience and humanist practices in the 21st century? 

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