Some Things You Can Do In Lieu of Our 15th Class Meeting

Go to the Trevor Paglen Talk @ the Swiss Institute on November 1

See my separate post

Go to The Walker as Mappist: Psychogeography and the (Caribbean) City on November 3

Pioneer Works, November 3, noon to 3pm

Register via Eventbrite

“Block after block, I keep trying to search for what lies beyond. Beyond my own neighborhood, beyond my awareness, beyond my self. I am searching for what the city’s communities hold forth and hold back, recognizing that, as Alfred Kazin once said of lights along Jamaica Avenue, ‘they were searching out so many new things in me’.”

So wrote Garnette Cadogan in Nonstop Metropolis, a landmark atlas of New York created by Rebecca Solnit and current Pioneer Works writer-in-residence, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. In this workshop led by Jelly-Schapiro and Cadogan—essayist, editor, and walker extraordinaire—we will explore how any city, whether New York or Kingston or Port-au-Prince, contains at least as many ways to be mapped as it does people; how we all forge maps that are also stories, in our heads or otherwise, to make sense of the places we live; how such processes occur in the Caribbean cities—including New York—that the workshop leaders know best. Finally, we will use Cadogan’s essay “Round and Round,” from Nonstop Metropolis—which describes a 24-hour walk Cadogan took through New York’s five boroughs—to explore the relation between walking and mapping.

So doing, we will walk through the PORTOPRENS exhibition now on view at Pioneer Works and subsequently through nearby streets, concluding with a self-mapping exercise, to explore how walking can function as both barometer, revealing the cultural and social character of our surroundings, and as mediator, creating a bridge between data and stories.


Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is the author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World and the co-editor of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. A geographer and writer, he is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and his work has also appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, The Believer, and The Nation. He teaches at NYU and is currently the inaugural resident in Narrative Arts at Pioneer Works.

Garnette Cadogan is an essayist who served as editor-at-large of Nonstop Metropolis. Currently a Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, his essay “”Black and Blue” (aka “Walking While Black”), first published in Freeman’s, has been much anthologized and published in several languages. He is at work on a book about walking.

Go to Laura Kurgan’s Talk @ Cooper Union on Tuesday, November 6 @ 7pm

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

See the CU website 

Laura Kurgan delivers a free, public lecture as part of the Intra-Disciplinary Seminar series.

Laura KurganLaura Kurgan is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where she directs the Visual Studies curriculum, and the Center for Spatial Research. She is the author of Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics (Zone Books, 2013). Her work has been exhibited internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the Venice Architecture Biennale, MACBa in Barcelona, and the ZKM in Karlsruhe.

Visit Cohen & Taliaferro, an antique map / atlas / globe dealer on East 54th St; Martayan Lan, an Antique Map Dealer on East 55th Street; or the Map Room of Argosy Book Store on East 59th Street

Cohen & Taliaferro is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 5pm, by appointment. Visit their website.

Martayan Lan is open Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 6pm. Check out their website.

Argosy is open Monday through Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm. Visit out their website.

Check out the Navigating New York Exhibition at the Transit Museum

New York’s transportation history happened in phases, from early ships, trains and passenger ferries to more modern subways, trains, buses and cars. Transportation maps highlight the story of New York’s growth through the increasingly connected transportation system. Indeed, mass transit helped make the greater New York region what it is today. Navigating New York draws on the New York Transit Museum’s collection, artistic renderings, historic maps, guidebooks and digital technology that refresh our view of the city and show how transportation has catalyzed its development.

See the museum’s exhibits page.



Tips for Migration / Affective Mapping

Those of you who are studying migration and affective experience might be interested in the work of Meghan Kelly, a geography PhD student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In particular:

If You Missed Our First Day

Every semester a few students have to miss our first class for any of a number of reasons — because of travel or visa complications, because they’ve added the class after our first meeting, etc. If you’re among those who’ll be joining us late, I encourage you to take a half-hour to look through all the pages on this website:

  • You’ll find the course description and numbers and my contact info on the About the Class page.
  • I describe all of our readings and other resources, and how to access them, on the Resources page.
  • On the Requirements and Assignments page, I list all of your responsibilities: your expectations for attendance and engagement; your reading responses (only two! please don’t wait until the end!); your map critique (you’ll choose a date for your presentation within the next couple weeks), and your final, an atlas (broadly conceived!).
  • Please review our Policies + Procedures, too.
  • In the Schedule + Readings section, you’ll find a separate “block” for each day of our semester. All the texts listed under a particular date are to be read for that class. Again, for more context on how these texts were chosen, see the Resources page.
  • You’ll also find that on each day’s page within the Schedule + Readings section, I’ll post my slides and any other learning materials we use in class each day. Since you will miss — or have missed — our first class, please review the slides and any other materials I post on our August 29 page. I’ll post each week’s materials before class begins — i.e., by 4pm on Wednesdays.

We look forward to meeting you on Week 2! Please come to class having read all the texts listed on our September 5 page, and having contributed a map to our collaborative slideshow. You’ll find comprehensive instructions on the 9/5 page.

Image: Ingrid Burrington’s Missed Connections project [more here]