Urban Culture Network

Urban Mapping 2014

Urban Mapping: New Perspectives

Matthew Nicholls Rome Map      Image courtesy of Matthew Nicholls

Wednesday 25 - Thursday 26 June 2014

A cross-disciplinary workshop on approaches to cartography in the arts and sciences.

Day one: Mapping Histories: Critique and Practice

1-7pm, The Hemsley Conference Suite, B7, University Park Campus

Conveners: Steve Legg (Geography, Nottingham) and Nick Baron (History, Nottingham)

The workshop on the first day of this two-day event considers diverse cartographic approaches to understanding and representing urban space. Through the interdisciplinary composition of the three panels, it aims to establish and sustain dialogues across the arts, humanities, social sciences and engineering. The presentations will address: (i) maps as sources for analysing and conceptualising urban space, both historical and contemporary (in research) and for visualising and communicating new spatial understandings (in teaching and public engagement); (ii) the craft, method and performance of urban mapping, especially, but not only, with regard to new cartographic technologies; and (iii) the cultural role and significance of urban maps, atlases, and cartographic models.

The workshop will be of benefit to scholars from various backgrounds, and promote the diffusion of both the latest cartographic know-how and new critical perspectives on mapping across traditional disciplinary boundaries. To scholars from the arts, humanities and social sciences it will showcase the technological prospects, possibilities and limits of urban mapping. To scholars from the sciences and engineering it will promote critical reflection on the purpose and potential of visualising urban data.

For a full description of the day's running order, including speakers and thier abstracts please view the day one programme PDF file icon 



Day two: Digital Approaches

9:30am-3pm, Digital Humanities Centre, Humanities Building, University Park Campus

9:30-11am: Panel 1 - Digital concepts for urban space

Nick Baron et al: People/Event/ Place: Digital tools for mapping experience in past and present

Holger Schnädelbach, MRL/Horizon: Screens in the Wild - Connecting Urban Places

Gareth Dean (Queens University Belfast), City Witness: Place and Perspective in medieval Swansea

Tea and coffee break

11:15am-12:30pm: Panel 2 – Reconstructing activity

Erika Genehr (HU Berlin/German Archaeological Institute), DigiForo

Chris King and Anthony Masinton: Exploring digital tools for reconstructing historic interiors - building meaning from visualisation
12:30-2pm: Lunch & opportunity to explore University of Southampton MOOC: Archaeology of Portus: Exploring the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome

2-3pm: Keynote lecture

Graeme Earl (University of Southampton), Blending the Digital and Physical: Roman Urban Spaces Online (via video link)



How to find us

The conference will take place at The Helmsley and the Humanities Building, both of which are located at University Park Campus PDF file icon.

Conference report

View a summary PDF file icon of the Urban Mapping conference.






Urban Culture Network

Department of Classics
School of Humanities
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

Tel: 44(0)115 951 4814
Email: mark.bradley@nottingham.ac.uk