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Shannon Mattern <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 29 Jul 2010 16:55:47 -0500
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Hello, everyone.

I posted the following workshop CFP to the Society for Cinema and Media
Studies' 2011 conference bulletin board ( See the
conference FAQs
for more information about the workshop format, submitting a proposal, SCMS
membership, etc. 

Please feel free to forward! 

Shannon Mattern
Assistant Professor 
Department of Media Studies and Film
The New School
2 West 13th Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10011
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Type of Posting: Workshop
Proposed Panel/Workshop Subject: Urban Informatics, Geographic Data, and the
Media of Mapping
Organizer Name(s): Shannon Mattern

E-Mail Address: [log in to unmask]

Summary: The past several years have seen increasing corporate and
educational interest in, and major funding for, projects that make urban
histories, knowledges, data, etc., accessible, visible/audible/tangible,
and, ideally, intelligible to urban publics. Examples include the projects
of the recent Towards the Sentient City exhibition
( at the Architectural League of New
York, UCLA and USC's Google Map-based Hypercities
(, and mobile-phone- or mp3-based audio
walking tours, like Justin Hopper's "Public Record"

This workshop will examine a selection of these projects, critically
addressing their rhetorical and aesthetic strategies and examining their
utility as platforms for research, as pedagogical resources, and as
political tools for civic engagement. Acknowledging the widespread
commitment among these projects to "making the invisible, visible" (which
occasionally results in collapsing "the urban" into "the visible"), we will
pay particular attention to the *media* and *sensory modes* of mapping and
"content" presentation.

Please send 300-word abstract, links to relevant media, and c.v. to Shannon
Mattern ([log in to unmask]) by Wednesday, August 11. All will be
contacted regarding the status of their proposals by August 15.

Send individual topics & summaries to organizer(s) by: E-Mail

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