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CFP: Mapping the Text conference @ NYU, April 2018 (1/12/18)

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    Matthew K. Gold

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    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 the
    conference’s webform. We 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 2017.

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

    We look forward to receiving your submissions.

    Deadline for submissions:
    12 January 2018

    Contact email:

    Matthew K. Gold, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of English & Digital Humanities /
    Advisor to the Provost for Digital Initiatives, CUNY Graduate Center
    Vice President, Association for Computers and the Humanities | @mkgold

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