New York has long fascinated image-makers in all genres of the visual and textual record. “Mapping New York” will be a symposium devoted to thinking and talking about visual representations of New York over several centuries and on into the future. The morning speakers will highlight several innovative new media projects–Hypercities, Digital Harlem, and Mannahatta2409. The afternoon will be devoted to presentations and discussion of the BGC Focus Gallery exhibit “Visualizing 19th Century New York” (Fall 2014) about the visual experience and spectacle of nineteenth-century New York City. The entire day will focus on spatial history, new media visualizations, digital history, and the history of New York City.

Morning Session

Chair: David Jaffee
Professor and Head of New Media Research, Bard Graduate Center


Jeffrey L. Collins
Professor and Chair, Bard Graduate Center

David Jaffee
Professor and Head of New Media Research, Bard Graduate Center

John Maciuika
Associate Professor, Art and Architectural History, Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center, The City University of New York
Visualizing New York on the Hypercities Platform

Stephen Robertson
Professor and Director, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
Putting Harlem on the Map: Visualizing Everyday Life in a 1920s Neighborhood

Coffee Break

Eric Sanderson
Senior Conservation Ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society Conceiving and Sharing the Future of New York City

Panel Discussion

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session
Chair: Kimon Keramidas
Assistant Professor and Director of the Digital Media Lab, Bard Graduate Center

Panel Discussion: Visualizing 19th Century New York
Presentations by Bard Graduate Center Students on the “Visualizing 19th Century New York” Focus Gallery exhibition and the associated digital interactives and digital publication.

Coffee Break

Respondents and Concluding Panel Discussion:

Joshua Brown
Executive Director, American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, Professor, History, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Barbara Clark Smith
Curator, Division of Political History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Daniel Bluestone
Professor and Director of Historic Preservation Program, School of Architecture, University of Virginia


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PLEASE NOTE that our Lecture Hall can only accommodate a limited number of people, so please come early if you would like to have a seat in the main room. Registrants who arrive late may be seated in an overflow viewing area.

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