Queer Urban Geographies


We are hosting a one day conference this April 6th to explore the social dimensions of urban space as it relates to identity, sexuality, perception and community. Themes of mapping, memory, sensing and embodiment will be interrogated in order to reveal new perspectives and afford emerging possibilities.

This conference will inspire a group of students we will be working with at Parsons the New School for Design that will produce collaborative and psychogeographic maps and representations along a series of design probes.

Speakers will include: Alysia Abbott, Shana Agid, Pasqualina Azzarello, Jen Jack Geiseking, Lisa Maya Knauer, Brian McGrath & Tony Whitfield.

View the project page for a full schedule and times. This is open to the public – bring your friends!


Discussing URT at Mobility Shifts Conference


We were thrilled to be able to discuss the possibilities of URT (Urban Research Toolkit) at the Mobility Shifts Conference, organized by our colleague Trebor Sholtz, at The New School. “Comprised of a conference, exhibition, workshops, project demos and a theater performance, the summit will add an international layer to the existing debate about digital learning.”

Beyond presenting the scope and vision for URT, we were able to showcase the first iteration of the URT mobile app, and discuss the role of collaborative mapping with our colleagues across the University: Victoria Marshall, Shannon Mattern, Vyjayanthi Rao and developer Rory Solomon.

Check out the sound recording of the panel via SoundCloud:


DataMyne presented at ICITTE in Paris

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Jess Irish presented DataMyne at the International Conference on Communication and Information Technologies in Education (ICCITE) in Paris, France on June 30th, 2010. The project was the only social media presentation of it’s kind in the conference, and generated a lot of enthusiasm in this global context. The paper “DataMyne: Connecting and Visualizing an Academic Community” was concurrently published in a special issue of the journal “Advances in Communication and Information Technologies in Education.”

Sponsored by the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, ICCITE “aims to bring together academic scientists, leading engineers, industry researchers and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Communication and Information Technologies in Education, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.”

DataMyne wishes to thank the Provost’s Office for this opportunity.