Seminar series autumn 2016




Autumn Event Series 2016

In association with the Development Planning Unit, The Bartlett UCL

Wednesday 23 November 18.00 – 20.00
How Deep is Your Map? Les Roberts, David Overend and Simon Woolham

Tickets £10/£5 from Eventbrite

UCL, Room B02, Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PF


Les Roberts (lecturer in Culture and Media Studies, University of Liverpool) will examine questions of deep mapping as an evaluative term in cartographic practice and ask if there is there an optimum depth that the deep mapper is striving for,  and if so, to what extent it is attainable.

David Overend (Lecturer in Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway University) – In site-specific performance practice and strategies of deep mapping have been used in response to the artistic occupancy of various sites.The focus of this talk is a series of experimental and creative journeys taken by the author from Glasgow to Ayr, between 2014 and 2016,  under the title ‘Route 77’ – a network of roads and paths loosely following the M77 motorway.

Simon Woolham (artist in residence, Digital Artist Residency) will discuss his forthcoming exhibitions and projects including The Macc Walks – Taking-Back-Space, In Search Of The ShortcutsRural Routes – The Bolsover Walks, Commission for D-Lab in collaboration with Junction Arts, Derbyshire and more.

Wednesday 7 December 18.00 – 20.00
Joe Gerlach: Vernacular Cartographies

Tickets £10/£5 from Eventbrite

UCL/DPU Room 101 34 Tavistock Square London WC1H 9EZ

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 Geography and Environment 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.