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Mapping and Its Discontents, Nov 1


UC Berkeley Faculty and student seats available as walk-ins on a first-come first-serve basis

Is a map a mirror, a window, a weapon, or a work of art? From lines drawn in clay to geographic information systems (GIS), humans for millenia have constructed an understanding of the world through visual representations of space. At this interdisciplinary symposium, map makers, users, and critics from the worlds of science, urban planning, literature, and new media will examine the ways maps work.

“Mapping and Its Discontents” is the inaugural symposium of the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, a major 3.5-year project supported by the Mellon Foundation. In this joint project, the College of Environmental Design and the Division of Arts & Humanities are collaborating to bring together scholars and practitioners across disciplines to investigate humans and the environments they inhabit and shape.