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CfP: “Mapping the Text,” NYU, 21 April 2018. DEADLINE: 12 January 2018


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    Moacir P. de Sá Pereira

    Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the “Mapping the Text” conference, occurring at New York University on Saturday 21 April 2018. The conference will be held in conjunction with the annual Culture Mapping event hosted at New York University, which will occur on Friday 20 April 2018. The Culture Mapping event will be hosted by NewYorkScapes, a research community dedicated to exploring the literary, historical, and social aspects of the city of New York using digital forms of scholarship.

    Our scholarly landscape surrounds us with spatial turns in both the humanities and social sciences. Additionally, the arrival of mapping software suites with low barriers to entry has prompted a new interest in supplementing these spatial turns with digital, geographical visualizations. The boons to fields like history or archaeology and anthropology have been immediately apparent, but other humanistic fields have often made use of this software mostly to answer historiogeographically driven questions, namely by using digital geospatial visualizations to show how objects have moved through the “real world” to generate networks of influence, such as in Stanford’s “Mapping the Republic of Letters” project. In so doing, this work reproduces a distinct separation between the world(s) outside a text and world(s) inside a text.

    In “Mapping the Text,” our aim is to convene scholars who have crossed this line and begun linking the “real world”(s) mediated by software packages with the worlds that emerge inscribed within texts, where both “worlds” and “texts” are understood broadly. Topics for papers, panels, or posters should feature both spatiotemporal/digital components of textual analysis and could include, for example: doing geospatial work on a budget, doing geospatial work on texts from before or outside the Cartesian plane, geospatial visualization in contrast to or supplementing analysis, minor texts and minor geographies, handling and creating geospatial data, teaching the geospatial through texts, and more.

    All proposals for papers and panels must be submitted through theconference’s webformThe organizers seek a diverse group of proposals from a diverse group of scholars, both in terms of their geography and institutional affiliations as well as in their positions in their careers.

    There may be some funding available for non-US / non-faculty panelists.

    The deadline for submissions is 12 January 2018.

    With any questions about the “Mapping the Text” conference, please contact its organizer, Moacir P. de Sá Pereira, New York University,

    We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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