Cultural Geography and Graduate Scholarship in the Humanities

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NewYorkScapes, a research and working group on NYC spaces and cultural productions, hosted an event, “Urban Humanities: A Symposium on research development, digital archives, and documentary practices” on April 11th, 2014 at NYU’s Humanities Initiative. Colleague Blevin Shelnutt and I organized a graduate student roundtable on cultural geography and digital methods. The roundtable brought together graduate students in a variety of humanities disciplines who are using digital methods to explore the cultural functions of space and place.

The call for the roundtable appears below.

For more on the event, click here.

For more on NEWYORKSCAPES, a research collaborative at NYU’s Humanities Initiative, click here.


Urban Humanities: A symposium on research development, digital archives, and documentary practices

Presented by NEWYORKSCAPES and the Humanities Initiative at NYU

Friday, April 11, 2014



“Cultural Geography and Graduate Scholarship in the Humanities: A Roundtable on Digital Methods”

April 11, 2014




We invite graduate students working on projects that use digital methods to explore cultural geography to participate in a seminar-style roundtable as part of the upcoming Urban Humanities Symposium at the Humanities Initiative at NYU on Friday, April 11, 2014.

This roundtable aims to facilitate an open discussion among MA and PhD students interested in applying the concepts and tools of digital scholarship and cultural geography to humanities-based research. We hope the occasion provides an opportunity for graduate students across disciplines to connect with one another to share ideas, questions, and challenges related to the design of research projects involving digital tools, the methods and concepts of spatial analysis, and/or the potential contribution of such methods to humanities scholarship. Each participant will have an opportunity to first, briefly present his or her current research or project plans, and then engage in a larger discussion about spatial humanities methods and processes.

Digital approaches to cultural geography and urban humanities may include GIS and mapping, 3D modeling, creating spacio-cultural datasets, designing repositories for data, or creative visualizations and articulations of space and place. Graduate student participants may be at any stage in their projects, from conception and planning through completed product. If you are interested in sharing your project and participating in this cross-disciplinary discussion, please send a brief 250-word project description/expression of interest to Kristen Highland and Blevin Shelnutt at