InHouse&Guests Workshop

Mapping, Mercator and Modernity: The Impact of the Digital

25–26 April 2017

Mapping has been described as a tool, an art form, a social practice and a methodology in social sciences. Accompanying the 8th Käte Hamburger Dialogue, the Inhouse&Guests Workshop took up the opportunity to dig deeper into the complexities of the digital representation and production of social order. The workshop analyzed questions like how do analogous forms of representation differ from digital ones? How does political power rely upon the spatial datafication of our social world and what strategies of control do follow from this?

The workshop that brought together scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds and countries focused on the role of visualization and the tension between non-linearity and complexity on the one hand and the striving of governments and NGOs for visual representation and understanding of the social on the other hand. The discussions were also linked to questions of the production of the social by using a variety of data and the way these data are used to exercise control and counter it at the same time and the connection between mapping and its function of organising social relations within the urban setting. The topics of the presentations ranged from the role of mapping and datafication in geographic representations, maritime space, epidemics, migration, money and capitalism, urbanization, and others.

The workshop was organised by Prof. David Chandler, Senior Fellow of the Centre.

Venue: Gerhard-Mercator-Haus, University Campus Duisburg, Lotharstraße 57, 47057 Duisburg