Forensic Spaces , Chaotic Times : Mapping the Past in the Present
Seminar, February 10
6-8:30pm, refreshments from 5.30
May day Rooms, 88 Fleet Street , London EC4Y 1DH,
Faced with the chaotic synchronicities of globalisation and the multiplying networks of dispersed power, it is tempting to turn to maps as a way of pinning down what is happening on the ground. But is forensic cartography really able to do more than gloss strategies of governance and control, based on the illusion that ‘the people’, their habits and habitats can be fully known? Could a narrative counter-mapping chart alternative histories of the present? These questions will be addressed by a social historian, a community mapper and a member of the MayDay Rooms collective.
- MayDay Rooms ‘Collective Memory, Politics , Archive Fever and the Left’
- Jerry White ‘Pinning Down the London Poor : the Poverty Maps of the Booth and Llewellyn Smith Surveys , 1889-1930’
- Steve Rolling ‘History Pin: Memoryscapes in the Digital Age’
Jerry teaches history at Birkbeck, is an acclaimed social historian of modern London, and is a member of the RSHC. His latest book, Zeppelin Nights. London in the First World War, was published in May 2014. Steve is a Community Officer for History in helping communities to use digital mapping tools, organising local sessions and collecting people’s photos and memories. MayDay Rooms are developing a living archive of radical campaigns on popular democratic struggles in Britain.
Supported by the Raphael Samuel History Centre.
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