LIVING MAPS AUTUMN SERIES
In association with The Development Planning Unit, Bartlett UCL
UCL/DPU 34 Tavistock Square London WC1
Wednesday 7th December 18.00 - 20.00
Joe Gerlach with discussant Les Back - Vernacular Cartographies
Of late, much has been made of the politics of maps – to the extent that reiterating the power of maps has become something of a truism, one that threatens, ironically, the political vibrancy of cartography. Responding to this threat, the lecture examines another way of thinking about the nature and ethics of mapping through the concept of ‘vernacular mapping’. In doing so, the lecture points to a series of recent cartographic events in which the geopolitics of mapping is refigured less as a ‘technology of representation and capture’, and more as a ‘technology of anticipation’, no matter whether it is used in the fields of participatory cartography, mental health practice or political struggle.
Joe Gerlach is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Geogrpahy and Environemnt at Oxford University and Fellow and Tutor at Keble College.
Les Back is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College and the author of many books including Urban Multiculture and The Art of Listening.