InHouse&Guests Workshop

Mapping and Politics in the Digital Age

07 - 08 January 2018

The edited collection considers the importance of mapping for rethinking the assumptions and practices of global politics, the operation of power and forms of cooperation necessary today. Mapping was a powerful tool of modernity, visualising the location of objects in terms of linear time and space and thus a vital technology of political claim-making and contestation. Mapping has since grown in importance, especially with the powers of new technologies and techniques, enabling mapping to generate new spheres of knowledge and regulatory capacities in the era of biopolitics, where dynamic and changing conceptions of life enabled its governance in new ways. Today, mapping bears little resemblance to its cartographic origins, in a world increasingly conceived in terms of complexity and unknowability. Ontopolitical conceptions of mapping as a real-time and evolving process without fixed spatial relations thus raise new concerns and possibilities in the Anthropocene.

Having received very positive reviews and constructive feedback from the publishers and reviewers, the aim of the author workshop addressed interrelated issues which will be emphasized in contributions throughout the book, such as postcolonial studies, ontopolitics and indigenous mapping. The workshop functioned to further clarify these schematics among the contributors, which is crucial for the coherence and consistency of the book project.

Venue: Käte Hamburger Kolleg /Centre for Global Cooperation Research /Schiffertstraße 196/ 47059 Duisburg