Mapping, Memory and the City

An International Interdisciplinary Conference
School of Architecture / School of Politics and Communication Studies

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Iain Sinclair, writer and filmmaker
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Professor Robert C. Allen, Department of American Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Professor Mark Neumann, School of Communication, Northern Arizona University
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Professor Paul Farley, Department of English and Creative Writing, University of Lancaster

Venue: School of Architecture
Abercromby Square
Liverpool L69 3BX

Dates: 24-26 February 2010

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This conference invites a re-evaluation of the role of maps and mapping practices in cultural explorations of urban space and memory. We invite contributions from across a broad interdisciplinary field, drawing together scholars and practitioners working in film and cultural studies, architecture, geography, urban studies, as well as those with interests in social and cultural memory, archival practice and urban heritage. Of special interest are contributions addressing the role of film and film historiography in relation to place, landscape and urban memory. Scholars, filmmakers and designers engaged in all forms of moving image practice are particularly encouraged to submit proposals relevant to the conference theme. While the trope of ‘mapping’ has remained a prominent fixture in the lexicon of recent cultural criticism and debate, studies which seek to go beyond exclusively metaphorical applications of maps and mapping, and which engage more actively with cartographic practices and resources (such as, for example, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology) remain comparatively under-developed. This conference will draw on current developments in this and other areas of research and practice. Suggested themes include:

  • GIS & digital mapping in urban cultural studies
  • Psychogeography, memory and urban form
  • Cinematic and moving image cartographies
  • Digital cartography and architectural and urban design practice
  • Landscape and memory in amateur film practice
  • Maps, memory and pedagogic practice
  • Maps, memory and archival practice
  • Movie Mapping: film, place-marketing and urban tourism
  • Urban geographies of film production
  • Mapping audience and film reception

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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