Digital Geographies Symposium

The Digital Geographies Working Group (DGWG) Symposium will be themed  “Justice and the Digital” and will take place on Friday, July 6 at the University of Sheffield. There will be panels, digital shorts, debates, and time to network.

More information will be provided shortly! See the webpage for more details, and last year’s Symposium.

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New TT faculty position, Digital Geographies & Critical Mapping, UKY Geography

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We’re hiring!

The Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky is hiring a new faculty member (Assistant Professor) in “Digital Geographies and Critical Mapping.” Review of applications will begin on February 2, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The deadline date for all reference materials is February 9, 2018.

For more information contact Search Committee Chair Dr. Matt Zook (zook@uky.edu). Our website: http://geography.as.uky.edu.

Apply here.

The Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geography in the area of digital geographies and critical mapping to begin in August 2018. Our goal is to build upon and strategically expand the Department’s existing strengths in critical studies in mapping, human geography, and environmental studies. Areas of interest might include (but are not limited to): critical GIS and mapping, digital economies, gender and difference, big data practices, privacy and surveillance, smart urbanism, algorithmic governance and citizenship, and digital applications for health and the environment.

The successful candidate is expected to teach introductory and advanced courses in mapping, GIS, and/or spatial computational approaches. Ideal candidates will incorporate programming for web cartography, as part of the department’s (1) regular course offerings; (2) online graduate certificate in digital mapping (see http://newmapsplus.uky.edu/); and (3) a proposed undergrad major in digital studies. A PhD in geography or related discipline is required at time of appointment.

Applicants must submit the following: (1) a cover letter and an up to date CV [upload as one document under CV]; (2) a statement describing research interests and future research plans [upload under Specific Request 1], (3) a teaching statement [upload under Specific Request 2], and (4) up to four article reprints or other materials such as maps, portfolios or GitHub repositories [upload as one document under Specific Request 3, please provide a working URL for any online materials]. Also provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Review of applications will begin on February 2, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The deadline date for all reference materials is February 9, 2018.

For more information contact Search Committee Chair Dr. Matt Zook (zook@uky.edu). Our website: http://geography.as.uky.edu

Apply here.

Call for Sessions: Digital Geographies at RGS/IBG, Cardiff 2018

The RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018 will take place from 28-31 August at Cardiff University. It will be chaired by Prof Paul Milbourne and will have as its theme “Geographical landscapes / changing landscapes of geography”. The call for sessions at the conference has recently opened.

If you would like to propose a session related to the digital (including e.g. digital technologies, data, online spaces, social media) and would like DGWG sponsorship, we would like to hear from you. We would welcome joint sessions with other research groups. Proposals should relate to debates, literatures or approaches around the digital, and some may link this in some way to the 2018 conference theme, although this is not absolutely necessary.

Sessions may take the form of presented papers, panels, practitioner forums, discussions or workshops. Innovative sessions and formats are encouraged.

Proposals for, or questions about, DGWG sponsored sessions should be sent to Dorothea Kleine (d.j.kleine@sheffield.ac.uk) AND Oliver Zanetti (oliver.zanetti@ouce.ox.ac.uk).

Proposals should be submitted on the RGS Session Proposal form – available here.

by 8th January 2018

The filled out form should include information on:
(i) Title of session;
(ii) Name of Co-sponsoring groups, if applicable
(iii) Name and Contact Details for Session Convenors
(iv) Abstract, outlining scope of session – 200 words max.
(v) Number of session timeslots that are sought – this year session may not normally occupy more than 2 time slots.
(vi) Indication, if known, of preferred organization of session, e.g. 4 x 20min presentation, plus 20min discussion or 5 x 15min presentation, with 5min question for each, we would encourage you to be creative in your use of the format. Sessions last 1 hour 40 mins (see here for some great ideas on session formats)
(vii) Indication, if known for any non-standard arrangements.

The DGWG can sponsor a total of 12 individual conference sessions. Please also note that individuals may not make more than two substantive contributions to the conference (where a substantive contribution is: organiser of a session of any number of timeslots; paper/poster presentation of any length; panel member). Acting as chair/facilitator or discussant, or being a non-presenting co-author is excluded from this limit, though multiple roles in these categories this can have a significant impact on scheduling.

As per previous years, the RGS-IBG is able to provide a limited number of passes for those who would be otherwise unable to attend due to the costs involved. As such we encourage you to think about the inclusion of international contributors and non-academic delegates in your session.

We will confirm whether we can sponsor your session by the end of January 2018
If your session is accepted for sponsorship you must secure participants and complete the required paperwork by 16th February 2018 at the latest (preferably earlier).

We look forward to your proposals,

Dorothea, Gillian, Phil, Oliver and the DGWG committee

Special issue on “Power and Space in the Drone Age”

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A special issue on “Power and Space in the Drone Age” is available (open access) from the journal Geographica Helvetica.

The list of contents is below and includes my own paper “Assemblage of the vertical: commercial drones and algorithmic life.” The papers were assembled following an amazing workshop organized and hosted by Francis Klauser and Silvana Pedrozo. Thanks to them and my fellow workshoppers for a productive and memorable event!

Special issue

Power and space in the drone age. Editor(s): B. Korf and F. Klauser | Theme issue coordinator: F. Klauser and S. Pedrozo
F. Klauser and S. Pedrozo
Geogr. Helv., 70, 285-293, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-70-285-2015, 2015
Francisco Klauser and Silvana Pedrozo
Geogr. Helv., 72, 231-239, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-231-2017, 2017
Silvana Pedrozo
Geogr. Helv., 72, 97-107, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-97-2017, 2017
Irendra Radjawali and Oliver Pye
Geogr. Helv., 72, 17-27, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-17-2017, 2017
Peter Adey
Geogr. Helv., 71, 319-329, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-319-2016, 2016
Ciara Bracken-Roche
Geogr. Helv., 71, 167-172, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-167-2016, 2016
Jeremy W. Crampton
Geogr. Helv., 71, 137-146, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-137-2016, 2016
Neil J. Waghorn
Geogr. Helv., 71, 99-108, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-99-2016, 2016
Ole B. Jensen
Geogr. Helv., 71, 67-75, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-67-2016, 2016
Ian G. R. Shaw
Geogr. Helv., 71, 19-28, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-19-2016, 2016
A. H. Jackman
Geogr. Helv., 71, 1-6, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-1-2016, 2016
Francisco Klauser and Silvana Pedrozo
Geogr. Helv., 72, 409-410, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-409-2017, 2017

AAG 2018 Session and Panel on Anxious/Desiring Geographies

Along with Mikko Joronen (University of Tampere, Finland) and Nick Robinson (Royal Holloway) I’m very pleased and excited to announce two complementary sessions at next year’s AAG meetings on “Anxious/Desiring Geographies.” (See our CFP here.)

There will be a paper session and a panel session.


Paper presenters (abstracts below)

Pawan Singh (Deakin University) “Anxious to not be Identified in the Age of Social Media: Data Privacy and Visibility in Postcolonial India.

Keith Harris (University of Washington) “The schizo and the city: mapping desiring-geographies.”

Banu Gokariksel (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Anna J. Secor (University of Kentucky) “Ethical encounters, anxious antagonisms: The emergence of Alevi-Sunni difference in Turkey.

Laura McKinley (York University) “Canada 150 Discovery Pass; Anxiety, Desire and the Structure of Settler-Colonial Attachments to the Land.”

David B. Clarke (Swansea University) and Marcus Doel (Swansea University) “The Other is Not Enough: Becoming Afraid, Being Anxious, and Antiphilosophy in Book X of the Seminar of Jacques Lacan.”

(Chair: Mikko Joronen)

(Organizers: Jeremy Crampton, Mikko Joronen, and Nick Robinson)


Panel participants

Anna J. Secor (University of Kentucky)

Mikko Joronen (SPARG, Finland)

Sarah Moore (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

Felicity Callard (Birkbeck, University of London)

Paul Kingsbury (Simon Faser University)

(Chair: Jeremy Crampton).

(Organizers: Jeremy Crampton, Mikko Joronen and Nick Robinson)

We think these are two very exciting line-ups!

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Recent talk at Urban Automation, Sheffield

I recently gave a talk at the Urban Automation workshop, organized by the fantastic Urban Institute at the University of Sheffield. My slides from the talk are below.

My talk was entitled “The Politics of Post-Truth Big Data: Anxieties & Opportunities”

The full program of events is here: (pdf) Workshop Programme UA

Gillian Rose reflections on moving materially & digitally

Some lovely thoughts from Gillian Rose on the ways that different media can “move” (or not) in the context of her own move to a new position at Oxford.

Then there were the boxes of floppy discs and slides. The floppy discs made me smile and also gave me pause for thought. On them were copies of all the teaching material I’d used before I moved to the OU in 1993: lecture notes, handouts, overhead project transparencies. Aha, I’d thought then, I’ll put it all on discs and throw out the paper and acetate and save space and be modern. Now of course the floppy discs are unreadable and my materials are inaccessible.

More here.