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HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities January 15

Thursday January 15, 5:00 – 6:30PM

Reception to follow; Books available for sale.

Jurow Lecture Hall at New York University Silver Center, Room 101, 100 Washington Square East (entrance on Washington Place)

Todd Presner discusses his collaboratively authored new book, co-edited with David Shepard and Yoh Kawano, a metaLAB project from Harvard University Press, and tours its companion website http://www.hypercities.com. Todd Presner is Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, Professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature, and Chair of the Digital Humanities Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In conversation with:

Matthew K. Gold, Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities, Graduate Center, CUNY; Director of the CUNY Academic Commons and Editor of Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press, 2012)

Laura Kurgan, Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University, and author of Close Up, at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, Politics (Zone Books, the MIT Press, 2013)

Introduced by Thomas Augst, Associate Professor of English and Acting Director of Digital Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University

Part of the metaLAB series of books about the digital humanities, HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (2014) is a collaboratively authored and designed exploration of mapping cities over time. The primary authors are Todd Presner, David Shepard, and Yoh Kawano, with contributions by Philip Ethington, Mike Blockstein, Reanne Estrada, Chris Johanson, Diane Favro, and Xarene Eskandar. A digital platform transmogrified into a book, it profiles the ambitious online project of the same name that maps the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment. The authors examine the media archaeology of Google Earth and the cultural–historical meaning of map projections, and explore recent events—the “Arab Spring” and the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster—through social media mapping that incorporates data visualizations, photographic documents, and Twitter streams. HyperCities includes a “ghost map” of downtown Los Angeles, polyvocal memory maps of LA’s historic Filipinotown, avatar-based explorations of ancient Rome, and hour-by-hour mappings of the 2009 Tehran election protests.

This in an NYC-DH event, sponsored by NYU Libraries, in partnership with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of New York University.

CFP: Grad Student Workshop in Planning History (Due 10/3)

Graduate Student Workshop in Planning History

Call for Graduate Student Participants

The Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) invites graduate students enrolled in master’s degree, professional, and PhD programs to participate in the Graduate Student Workshop in Planning History to be held at the 14th National Conference on Planning History in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 17-20, 2011 (conference website: http://www.dcp.ufl.edu/sacrph/conference/conference.html).

The workshop will focus on the production and communication of research in planning history and continues SACRPH’s tradition of providing graduate students with an intellectual and social climate to launch their careers and contribute to the scholarship of city and regional planning. During the workshop, students will work in small groups with a senior faculty member to address questions and receive feedback on their research projects. Student proposals will be distributed to student and faculty participants in advance of the workshop.


• One paragraph bio, covering your work and educational background, your contact information, and anything relevant about your teaching and research profile.

• One paragraph abstract summarizing your research project.

• 2-4, double-spaced pages describing your research project, or part thereof, which will be the focus of discussion for the workshop.

• 2-3 questions that you are most interested in discussing at the workshop.

Questions listed in your proposal may be specific or general, and may cover topics such as: 1) cultivating research ideas; 2) research strategies: finding sources, identifying archives, and working with archivists; 3) getting good feedback; 4) writing: developing proposals, organizing and revising articles and chapters, etc.; and 5) publishing or presenting research on the job market. Expect the workshop discussion of your proposal to begin with and build on your questions.


October 3, 2011: Student proposals due to Sarah Jo Peterson (sjpeterson23@gmail.com)

October 10, 2011: E-mail confirmation of participation.

October 31, 2011: Student proposals distributed to small groups and faculty participants.

November 18, 2011, 4:45-6:30 pm: Graduate Student Workshop


Sarah Jo Peterson, PhD

SACRPH Board and

Senior Research Associate

Urban Land Institute


Lynette K. Boswell

PhD Candidate of Urban and Regional Planning Department

University of Maryland


Call for Papers: Undergrad & Masters’ Poster Session on Urban & Regional Planning History

The Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) will be holding its bi-annual conference in the Baltimore, Maryland, 11/17 – 11/20. On Saturday, 11/19, the conference will feature a public session of posters that present original research by undergraduate and masters degree program students. This session will be a unique opportunity for students at the bachelors and masters level to present their work in a forum attended by hundreds of professionals from all over the United States as well as overseas.

Undergraduates and masters’ students interested in participating should submit to edwardsh@cua.edu, by 9/27, a single document containing the following:

– A one-page abstract clearly marked with your name and contact information summarizing the research, including the title, the central research question(s), a brief statement of significance, the sources consulted, and the major conclusions. (Works in progress, such as Bachelors or Masters theses, that do not yet have firm conclusions, are also encouraged.)

– A one-page resume or curriculum vitae, including (at a minimum) your contact information, university, major or concentration, expected degree, andexpected date of graduation.

Please have your adviser, or a faculty member closely familiar with the project, email a short letter of endorsement to edwardsh@cua.edu explaining the significance of the work and confirming that the faculty member expects it will be ready to present by November. This email is also due by September 27, 2011.

Presenters are expected to provide their own poster of up to 36” x 42”. SACRPH will provide foamcore backing boards, easels, and clips. For tips on designing and creating a poster, see http://www.stanford.edu/dept/undergrad/cgi-bin/drupal_ual/OO_research_opps_SURPSResources.html or http://www.aspb.org/education/poster.cfm A special schedule of discounted fees will be available to student presenters who wish to attend only one day or a portion of a day at the conference. Those wishing to attend more of the conference will pay the regular student registration fee.

Questions can be addressed to Hazel Edwards, Associate Professor and Program Director of Master of City and Regional Planning Program at The Catholic University of America, at edwardsh@cua.edu.

SACRPH is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting scholarship on the history of planning cities and metropolitan regions. Its members come from a range of professions and areas of interest, and include architects, planners, historians, environmentalists, landscape designers, public policy makers, preservationists, community organizers, students and scholars from across the country and around the world. SACRPH publishes a quarterly journal, The Journal of Planning History (http://jph.sagepub.com/), hosts this biennial conference, and sponsors awards for research and publication in the field of planning history.

The student poster session is presented with the support of the Master of City and Regional Planning and Master of Science in Sustainable Design Programs, School of Architecture and Planning, The Catholic University of America.

For further information please consult


Designing Mobility for Democracy: The Role of Cities (Workshop at NYU, 4/14)

Designing Mobility for Democracy: The Role of Cities
NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge
New York University

NYU, Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium.
60 Washington Sq. New York. 4th Floor
14 April 1:00pm – 5:00pm

“Urban transport is a political and not a technical issue. The technical aspects are very simple. The difficult decisions relate to who is going to benefit from the models adopted.”

Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogota (1998-2001)

The Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University is hosting a half-day workshop on one of the critical dimensions of the contemporary city: mobility. Led by NYU Global Distinguished Professor Ricky Burdett, the open workshop will explore the social, cultural and political aspects of movement and transport systems and how they affect urban inequality. Speakers will discuss how time and space are mediated by a city’s ‘mobility DNA’, and how transport patterns determine access to jobs, social facilities and the public realm. Drawing on recent innovations in transport policy and practice in Cape Town, London, Bogota, Seattle and New York, the workshop will also address the role of governance in making cities fairer and more democratically accountable to its citizens.


– Ricky Burdett, Global Distinguished Professor, NYU and Professor of Urban
Studies, London School of Economics

– Jon Orcutt, Director of Policy, Department of Transportation, City of New
York and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Robert F.
Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

– Richard Sennett, University Professor of the Humanities, New York
University, and School Professor of Sociology, emeritus, LSE

– Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University,
and Co-Chair Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

– Gerald Frug, Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, Harvard University
Edgar Pieterse, Professor, and Director of the African Centre for Cities,
University of Cape Town

– Diane Sugimura, Director of Planning and Development, City of Seattle

– Fabio Casiroli, Professor of Transport Planning, Faculty of Civil
Architecture, Polytechnic of Milan

– Tim Stonor, Loeb Fellowship, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Managing
Director, Space Syntax Limited

Please RSVP here: https://www.nyu.edu/ipk/events/rsvp.php?eventId=163

Robin Nagle, Talk at NYU (Dec 8): The Twist-Ties that Bind: Garbage, New York City and You

Draper’s Director, Robin Nagle, will be giving a talk entitled “The Twist-Ties that Bind: Garbage, New York City and You” next Wednesday, December 8th. The talk will be right around the corner from Draper’s office at 5 Washington Place. More information is below.


Freshkills Park Talks
The Twist-Ties that Bind: Garbage, New York City and You
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Robin Nagle to learn (almost) everything you ever wanted to know about garbage in New York. Discover how profoundly it connects us to each other, to history, to politics, to infrastructure and technology. Hear stories and reflections from people who shoulder its burdens. Glimpse some of its surprising secrets. Consider why we need to ignore it, and ponder the consequences of its invisibility. The insights you glean might just change forever the way you see your city.

Dr. Nagle is the anthropologist-in-residence for the Department of Sanitation. She is also director of the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University, where she teaches anthropology and urban studies. Her book Picking Up, about what it is to be a sanitation worker in New York and why you should care, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the New York City Department of Sanitation and the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University.

NYU 5 Washington Place, Room 101

Location Details:
Enter on the corner of Mercer St & Washington Pl.
Nearest trains: R to 8th Street, 6 to Astor Place

For more information — 212-788-8277 and/or doug.elliott@parks.nyc.gov