Call for Proposals

November 7th – 9th, 2019 | New York, New York

This symposium creates space for critically considering digital mapping as both a method and an object of analysis. Specifically, we invite submissions that analyze or utilize spatial media so as to rethink and re-present distributions of capital, power, and privilege in historical, contemporary, and speculative contexts.

We center “mapping” as an organizing theme for understanding and engaging social (in)justice because of its expanding role in literally and metaphorically arranging contemporary life. The everyday adoption of new spatial media—such as web-based mapping platforms, geosocial applications, and locative data—increasingly orient how society understands the past, experiences the present, and plans for the future. To map social justice and injustice is to consider how spatial media can help draw together dichotomies such as medium/method, art/science, and ontology/epistemology so as to trace, represent, and rework matters of inequity. This symposium thus encourages submissions that explore structural inequities in or through spatial media, especially as they relate to matters of difference—such as race, gender, class, ethnicity, ability, sexuality, and religion. We also encourage submissions that utilize digital mapping to spatially represent historically marginalized perspectives through empirical, textual, archival, participatory, and/or pedagogical methods.

We welcome 250 word proposals for Short Papers and Gallery Projects that critically address matters of social (in)justice in historical, contemporary or speculative contexts in relation to—but not limited to—the following:

– mapping in digital humanities and computational social sciences
– critical and/or feminist GIS
– participatory and collaborative mapping
– digital geography, neogeography, and the geoweb
– spatial learning and digital pedagogy
– mapping public histories
– aesthetics and representation in digital mapping
– mapping of cultural texts and artifacts
– mapping media ecologies and augmented realities
– smart urbanism and spatial data infrastructures

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Symposium Committee. Accepted Short Paper proposals will be presented at the symposium and 2,000 word papers will be due by September 1st. Accepted Gallery Project proposals will be displayed at the symposium and a 250-500 word project statements will be due by September 1st. Panels and keynotes will be livestreamed and the symposium proceedings will be archived in Fordham University’s Institutional Repository. A selection of papers and projects from the symposium proceedings will be invited for inclusion in an edited volume or journal issue.

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Sarah Elwood, University of Washington        

Dr. Nazera Sadiq Wright, University of Kentucky

Featured Projects
Torn Apart / Separados
Presented by Dr. Alex Gil, Columbia University

Participatory Mapping with the Morris Justice Project
Presented by Dr. Brett Stoudt, John Jay College / CUNY Graduate Center

Symposium Committee
Gregory T. Donovan (Co-Chair), Jacqueline Reich (Co-Chair), Greg Acevedo, Sameena Azhar, Elizabeth Cornell, Tierney Gleason, Barbara E. Mundy, Ralph Vacca.

Notable Dates
February 15th 2019
Submission Form opens for Short Paper and Gallery Project proposals (250 words).

April 15th 2019
Deadline for submitting abstracts.

May 20th 2019
5/15 Update: Decisions will now be communicated by Monday, May 20th.

September 1st 2019
Papers of 2,000 words are due from accepted Short Paper proposals. Project statements of 250-500 words and associated media files are due from accepted Gallery Projects. See the Submission Guidelines for further information.

November 7th – 9th 2019
Accepted Papers will be presented and Gallery Projects will be displayed at the Mapping (In)Justice Symposium in NYC.

Additional Details:
Mapping (In)Justice is hosted by Fordham University’s Digital Scholarship Consortium and Office of Research in partnership with New York University and Columbia University.

The symposium will take place at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.