[UPDATE] CFP for MMLA 2014: The (digital) lives of cities -- NEW DEADLINE

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Midwest Modern Language Association

Midwest Modern Language Association 2014: The Lives of Cities
November 13-16, 2014 | Detroit, MI


In Programmed Visions, Wendy Chun suggests that "the call to map may be the most obscuring of all: by constantly drawing connections between data points, we sometimes forget that the map should be the beginning, rather than the end, of the analysis" (177). With this year's MMLA conference theme of "The Lives of Cities," the second annual permanent section of digital humanities will explore criticisms of, experiments with, and provocations on mapping, geographic visualization, or other conceptions of urban space that work with or against the digital. Possible topics/projects include:

  • historical approaches to mapping and visualization
  • absence, silence, and (in)visibility in maps
  • mapping difference—class, race, gender, and accessibility
  • critical visual literacies
  • remediations and reconceptualizations of space
  • mobile technologies and city life (e.g. augmented reality, geotagging, location-based social media platforms)
  • political and disciplinary dimensions of mapping technologies
  • pedagogical purposes of community/city mapping projects
  • endangered and indigenous languages

Please send 250-word abstracts by June 10 to both Josh Honn (joshhonn at gmail) and Rachael Sullivan (sullivanrachael at gmail).

Co-chairs: Josh Honn (Northwestern University) and Rachael Sullivan (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)