Culture Mapping 2020: Futures

deadline for submissions: 
February 17, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
NewYorkScapes
contact email: 

CALL FOR PAPERS, PROJECTS, AND WORKS-IN-PROGRESS 

In Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media, scholar and feminist digital humanities practitioner Jacqueline Wernimont examines recordkeeping technologies used to account for human lives and bodies, beginning as early as the 15th century. The book, in part a robust critical historiography, challenges us to interrogate and engage mindfully with contemporary data issues and methods, and with the ways in which they shape our narratives regarding the value of lives and cultures. 

In the introduction, Dr. Wernimont describes the project as “speculative and experimental, reading mediations and making a mess of apparent order in service of alternative futures.” By tracing the long, fraught histories of technologies of human enumeration, Numbered Livesrefuses to take for granted the epistemological and ontological models undergirding quotidian quantum media; for Wernimont, it is through this interdisciplinary and media-archaeological that “we can [perhaps] find matrices that will help us create more just futures.”

Culture Mapping 2020 takes the occasion of a new decade to assemble scholars, students, artists, and other practitioners to reflect together on their own work and processes to a similar end: in service of alternative, capacious futures that feature justice, accessibility, and critical pedagogy as core concerns. We invite proposals that explore the intersection of culture studies, “mapping” in its myriad registers, and digital methods through the lens of this theme. 

Proposals from across the humanities, arts, and social sciences are welcome. Faculty, librarians, graduate and undergraduate students, staff and administrators, and community members are all encouraged to participate. Potential areas of engagement include but are not limited to: 

• Digital cartography & GIS as tools for humanities research and teaching
• Visualizing literary and historical materials, including speculative fiction
• Digital-born media, art, literature, and games that thematize futurity
• Resistant, anti-racist, decolonial, indigenous, and feminist mapping
• City and community planning; urban studies
• Speculative design and emerging technologies, including XR and participatory media
• Activist methodologies and pedagogies
• Data management planning and digital project maintenance

Submissions can take the form of traditional paper / project presentations (10-20 minutes), five-minute lightning talks, performances, installations, or roundtables (30-40 minutes). You may also propose a workshop on a methodology — technical or otherwise — in which you have expertise and which you feel would be of broad interest. 

To submit a proposal, please complete the online submission form. The submission deadline is February 17, 2019.