Resources

All readings are made available as pdfs on our course website. All copyrighted material is behind a firewall; you’ll be prompted to enter a username (student) and password (seecritfilez). Not so secret, eh?

That said, you’re invited to purchase copies of the following, since we’ll be using significant portions of these resources:

  • Shannon Mattern, Deep Mapping the Media City (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015).
  • John Pickles, A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping and the Geo-Coded World (New York: Routledge, 2004).

A few notes about the weekly readings/screenings/listening exercises:

  • I believe that we can better appreciate the complexity, relevance, and resonance of each of our weekly themes by approaching them from multiple theoretical, historical, practical, and creative directions. That’s why, for each week, I’ve put together a mini “anthology” rather than assigning a single definitive text. Yes, sometimes those reading lists might look intimidatingly long – but the total number of pages hardly ever exceeds 150 (and a lot of those pages are illustrated!), which is a reasonable workload for a graduate student. Plus, each text on that list is there because it has the potential add a distinctive voice to our conversation (you should see the ridiculously long lists of readings that didn’t make the cut!).
  • That said, my selection of a particular text does not constitute an endorsement of it. Sometimes I choose texts that annoy me, or with which I disagree, for a few reasons: because they’re widely cited and I think it’d behoove you to be aware of them, because I want to allow you to exercise your own judgment, and because I’m pretty sure they’ll make for good conversation.
  • We will not address all the readings in our in-class discussions. Some readings are primarily factual, some are self-explanatory, some simply present interesting illustrations or case studies; we needn’t discuss these sorts of texts in-depth – but they’re still worth your time. They provide valuable nuance and color that will inform our discussions, shape your own understanding, and, ideally, inspire ideas for your own projects.

You’ll find the website for our Fall 2015 “Maps as Media” course, including examples of the students’ work, here.

You might also be interested in the GeoNYC Meetup.

The following web resources are worth consulting regularly, too: