[GeoHumanities SIG] Revisiting Critical GIS - A short meeting at Friday Harbor

Luke Bergmann luke.bergmann at gmail.com
Sun Jul 13 01:58:25 CEST 2014

Dear GeoHumanists,

I do hope that you will consider participating in what we expect will be a lively and productive meeting!



Revisiting Critical GIS

The rapid development and dissemination of digital geospatial technologies,
datasets, and practices raise questions about how various arguments of
'critical GIS' remain as relevant as ever, require rejuvenation, or have
run their course. Drawing in part on such developments, but also on
enthusiasm for the digital humanities and on new materialist and even
speculative realist currents of thought within social and cultural theory,
the prospects for a renewed engagement between critical human and
quantitative geographies appears more hopeful today than they have for some
time (Barnes 2009). This forum provides a venue within which participants
can think through these and other issues collaboratively, emerging with
fresh ideas and perspectives to bring to research and teaching.

To this end, the 2+ day format will blend pre-planned and collaboratively
organized sessions. Four sessions have been organized around broad themes
that touch upon recent discussions in the cognate literatures. Each
participant will be associated with one of these planned sessions and will
co-organize its content and format with others. Additionally, there are
three periods scheduled for collaboratively formed sessions (collective or
break-out) that emerge from the discussions at the conference.

The event will be held from later on Friday, October 17th to the morning of
Monday, October 20th at the University of Washington?s Friday Harbor
Laboratories on San Juan Island <https://depts.washington.edu/fhl/>.

Day 0 (Friday)

Afternoon / evening arrivals, welcome event


Note: Ferry/flight schedules tend to be such that one needs to arrive at
this time in order to be present for the critical first sessions in the

Day 1 (Saturday)


Session 1: Getting to know one another: who we are, why we?re here, and
what we want to do

Session 2: The story so far: critical GIS, GIScience, and 'not only... but


Session 3: Hybrids: Critical Quantification and Digital Humanities

Session 4: Collaborative session I (Collective or break-out)


Collaboration and creativity

Day 2 (Sunday)


Session 5: Corporatization of spatial information and our response

Session 6: What tools? What theory?


Session 7: Collaborative session II (Collective or break-out)

Session 8: Collaborative session III (Collective or break-out)


Collaboration and creativity

Day 3 (Monday)


Session 9: Concluding Session: Paths Forward


Given the nature of this event, the number of participants will be limited
to fewer than thirty, with a firm aim towards inclusivity (including, but
not limited to academic seniority; students, early career faculty, and
#alt-ac are strongly encouraged to participate).

Would-be participants should submit a short prospectus (300 word maximum).
The prospectus should address what the participant hopes to do at the
gathering and muse about what s/he hopes might emerge in the time beyond--a
forward-looking aspirational piece, rather than a description of previous

Prospectuses are due August 1, 2014 and successful applicants will be
informed by September 1, 2014. Please submit your prospectus via email to
revisitingcritgis at gmail.com.

The cost of attendance is estimated to be approximately $345 for faculty
and $225 for students, meals and shared accommodations included.
Confirmation of costs will be provided at time of acceptance. Limited
support may be available to assist graduate student attendance. Please
apply and we will try to make a solution work.

Organizing Committee

Luke Bergmann, University of Washington
Jim Thatcher, University of Washington - Tacoma
David O'Sullivan, University of California - Berkeley
Jeremy Crampton, University of Kentucky
Sarah Elwood, University of Washington
Reuben Rose-Redwood, University of Victoria
Nadine Schuurman, Simon Fraser
Matt Wilson, University of Kentucky


Barnes TJ. 2009. Not Only... But Also: Critical and Quantitative Geography. The
Professional Geographer 61, 1442-54.


Luke Bergmann
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
University of Washington

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