Mapping the Text 2018 #maptxt18


Saturday, 21 April 2018

New York University


NYU Department of English
NYU Center for the Humanities
NYU Libraries
NYU Data Services



Friday, 20 April 2018
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Room 743


12:30: Mapping in the Classroom

A librarian-led workshop with Nick Wolf, Andrew Battista, and Michelle Thompson focusing on integrating mapping software with instructional design, with a hands-on session on ESRI Story Maps followed by pedagogical planning and discussion.

2:30: Mapping Together

A collaborative feedback session on projects in progress with graduate students and faculty. Students will present brief updates on their work followed by discussion and project planning in conjunction with fellow participants.

Saturday, 21 April 2018
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Room 745

9:00: Coffee

9:30: Greeting

Moacir P. de Sá Pereira, NYU

9:45: Pre-Cartesian Cartographies

Zach Humphrey, NYU

“Mapping an Ancient Text: Countercartography, Networks, and the Practice of Annotation”

Projects: Hestia and Pelagios

  • Elton Barker (@eltonteb) — Reader in Classical Studies at the Open University (UK)
    Bio Elton Barker is Reader in Classical Studies at The Open University. He has published widely on debate and competition in ancient Greek epic, tragedy and historiography. Since 2008 he has been using digital resources to study historical places: Hestia investigates conceptions of space and place in the Histories of Herodotus; as Community Director of Pelagios, he helps link people in the effort to link data through common references to places.
“Between the Text and the Map: The Case of Medieval Icelandic Sagas”

Project: Icelandic Saga Map

  • Emily Lethbridge (@lethbridge_e) — Research Lecturer in Name Studies at Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum (Iceland)
    Bio Emily Lethbridge holds a PhD in Old Norse literature from the University of Cambridge and is now based in Reykjavík, Iceland, where she is research lecturer at the Department of Name Studies, Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Research. Her current research focuses on the transmission of medieval Icelandic literature in its manuscript contexts and via the Icelandic landscape and place-names, and on 19th-century literary pilgrimages to Icelandic sites.
“Digital Mapping of Fictional Places in Spanish Early Modern Byzantine Novels”
  • José Luis Losada (@libropesia) — Assistant Professor of Spanish Philology at the Uniwersytet Wrocławski (Poland)
    Bio José Luis Losada Palenzuela is Assistant Professor of Spanish Philology at the University of Wrocław, Poland. His research interests include Spanish Golden Age Literature, German-Spanish Comparative literature, Digital Humanities, and Scholarly Digital Editions.
“Mapping the Geographic Information of the Corpus”
  • David Joseph Wrisley (@djwrisley) — Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi (UAE)
    Bio David Wrisley is Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi. His research interests include open, inclusive corpora in medieval studies, corpus-based geovisualization as well as visual exploration of variance in poetic traditions. He is also interested in the challenges of social data creation in the humanities as well as digital humanities in multilingual, non-Western environments.

11:15: City-Text-Map

Nicholas Wolf, NYU

“A ‘Frightful Number!’: Mapping Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year

Project: A “Frightful Number!” – Mapping Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year

  • Adam Sills — Associate Professor of English at Hofstra University (USA)
    Bio Dr. Adam Sills received his B.A. from Hamilton College in 1991 and his Ph.D. in English from the University at Buffalo in 2001. He is currently an associate professor of English at Hofstra who specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature. Dr. Sills has published articles on the intersections and tensions between cartographic representation and eighteenth- century British literature in English Literary HistoryJournal of Narrative Theory, and Literature Compass and has a book forthcoming, Against the Map: Cartography, Nation, and the Politics of Geography in Britain, 1678–1814. His current research involves digitally mapping Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year and developing a digital application called Itinerary, which will enable scholars to map works of literature. He is also a co-editor for the online journal, Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & his Contemporaries.
“Reanimating New York City’s Nineteenth-Century Latinx Press through Geospatial Visualization”
  • Kelley Kreitz (@kelley_kreitz) — Assistant Professor of English at Pace University (USA)
    Bio Kelley Kreitz is assistant professor of English at Pace University in New York City and co-director of the university’s digital humanities center, Babble Lab. Her research on the role of media change within nineteenth-century Latina/o and Latin American print culture has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Literary History, English Language Notes, and the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.
“Towards a Geospatial Historiography of Beijing”
  • Ken Hammond — Professor of History at New Mexico State University (USA)
    Bio Ken Hammond is Professor of East Asian History at New Mexico State University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Chinese intellectual and cultural history, especially in the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). His current research in on the transformation and representation of cities in early modern China, from the 11th through the 18th centuries.
  • Pete Mattox — MA student in History at New Mexico State University (USA)
    Bio Pete Mattox is a master’s candidate in history at New Mexico State University. With a background in geography and GIS, his primary research interests are historical cartography and GIS, long-term environmental change, and China during the Qing Dynasty (1636–1912).

12:30: Lunch (not provided, see here for suggestions)

13:30: Mapping Archives

Blevin Shelnutt, NYU

“Mapping Newspapers: Visualizing Borderlands Histories through Geospatial Analysis”

Project: Borderlands Archives Cartography

“Letters from Spain in a Time/Space Box: Understanding the Chronotopes of 19th-century Travel and Travelogues through 3D Literary Mapping”

Project: The Spanish Travelers Project

“Coding the Scene: The Design and Development of a Markup Schema for Literary Landscape Analysis”
  • James O. Butler (@ludonymist) — Named Research Associate, Chronotopic Cartographies for Literature at Lancaster University (UK)
    Bio James is a Research Associate on the AHRC-funded “Chronotopic Cartographies for Literature.” His background is in psycholinguistics, focused particularly around names and naming, cognitive toponymy, the linguistic characteristics of spatial description, and mental map formation. He also specialises in adapting games (tabletop, Minecraft, and text-adventures) as tools for psychological assessment.

14:45: Iterated Urban Geographies

Timothy Anderson, NYU

“Mapping and Interpreting Fictional Vilnius: City Syntax and Semantics in the Prose of Gavelis, Kunčinas, and Ramonas”

Project: Vilnius Literature

  • Julija Snežko — Assistant Professor of Russian Filology at Vilniaus universitetas (Lithuania)
    Bio Julija is an Assistant Professor at the department of Russian Philology at Vilnius University, specializing in Russian Literature. Her dissertation considered Nikolaj Karamzin from the intersection of aesthetics and politics. She also studies the works of Jurgis Baltrušaitis, a Lithuanian-Russian poet and diplomat. She continues research in the cartographic and theoretical problems of mapping Vilnius literature.
  • Taisija Oral (in absentia) — Independent Scholar (UAE)
“Gendered Flânerie in American Expat Literature”
  • Amy Wells (@amywells06) — Associate Professor of English at Université de Caen Normandie (France)
    Bio Amy D. Wells holds a double Ph.D. in American Literature from Texas Tech University and the Université de Limoges. Associate Professor at the Université de Caen Normandie since 2012, she teaches American Literature, Civilization, and English for Digital Humanities. Her research interests involve women’s studies, geocriticism, and craftivism.
“Walking through Place: Mobile Perspectives on the Lived-in City”
  • Rebecca Hutcheon — Research Associate in English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University and Teaching Fellow at University of Bristol (UK)
    Bio Rebecca Hutcheon is a senior teaching associate at the University of Bristol, and a post-doctoral researcher on the AHRC-funded “Chronotopic Cartographies” at Lancaster University. Her monograph, Writing Place, was published by Routledge in 2018. She has also published on mapping urban space, the country house motif, Bakhtin and Tennyson. Her research interests include: George Gissing and the fin-de-siècle, literature and place, and the long nineteenth century. She is also the co-creator of the smart-phone app: Romantic Bristol: Writing the City.

16:00: Tea

17:00: “Mapping the Text in the 21st Century, or, Back to Bakhtin”
Professor Sally Bushell, Lancaster University (UK)

Prof. Sally Bushell

Sally Bushell is Professor of Romantic and Victorian Literature in the Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Lancaster University. She is also Head of Department (2014–18) and Co-Director of The Wordsworth Centre. Her research seeks to open up new modes of interpretation for the literary work by enlarging the focus of literary criticism from interpretation of semantic content onto comparative understanding of other aspects of the literary work in ways that not only illuminate traditional models but, potentially, re-determine them. Her first book was entitled Text as Process: Creative Composition in Wordsworth, Tennyson and Dickinson (Virginia UP, 2009). Her second book which will go to press in 2019 is called Reading and Mapping: Spatialising the Text and is centered upon the relationship between visual/spatial and verbal meanings for the literary work, offering an integrated reading of spatial meaning through map and text.

Sunday, 22 April 2018
NYU Department of English, 244 Greene, room 106

11:00 – 14:00 Informal Skills Workshops or Hackathon

We don’t yet know precisely what, but for people still around, we’ll have an informal debriefing session where we can drink some coffee and discuss what we’ve learned.