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Speaker Series

Digital Studies Speaker Series, Fall 2018

This interdisciplinary series is hosted by the departments of Geography and Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies, and the School of Information Science. The series hosts a series of speakers from across the Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication disciplines whose scholarship addresses timely issues related to digital studies. The series’ focus is to introduce to UK faculty and students innovative scholarship in the field of Digital Studies from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Shannon Mattern, The New School
Amending Care: An Archaeology of Maintenance
8/31/2018 (Fri) at 3:00 PM, WT Young Library, UKAA Auditorium
Shannon Mattern is a Professor of Media Studies at The New School. Her writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. She is the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities; Deep Mapping the Media City; and Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: 5000 Years of Urban Media, all published by University of Minnesota Press. She contributes a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures to Places, an open-access journal focusing on architecture, urbanism, and landscape, and she collaborates on public design and interactive projects and exhibitions. You can find her at
Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica
Habeas Data: Privacy vs the Rise of Surveillance Tech
9/14/2018 (Fri) at 3:00 PM, WT Young Library, UKAA Auditorium
Cyrus Farivar is the Senior Business Editor at Ars Technica and the author of The Internet of Elsewhere. He is also a radio producer and has reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, The Economist, Wired, The New York Times, and others.
Gillian Rose, University of Oxford
Who lives in the smart city? Digital technologies and social difference after representation
10/8/2018 (Mon) at 3:00 PM, West End Room, 18th Floor POT
Gillian Rose is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy. She is the author of Feminism and Geography (Polity, 1993), Doing Family Photography (Ashgate, 2010) and Visual Methodologies (Sage, fourth edition 2016), as well as a many papers on images, visualising technologies and ways of seeing in urban, domestic and archival spaces. Her current research interests focus on contemporary digital visual culture and on so-called 'smart cities'. She is leading the ESRC-funded project Smart Cities in the Making: Learning from Milton Keynes; her particular interest is how digital visualisations of many kinds operationalise smart cities ( She also curates the digital | visual | cultural series of events ( Gillian’s webpage is at; she blogs at visual/method/culture and can be found on Twitter @ProfGillian.
Ed Finn, Arizona State University
Title, TBA
11/9/2018 (Fri) at 3:00 PM, WT Young Library, UKAA Auditorium
Ed Finn is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. He is the author of What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing (MIT Press, spring 2017) and co-editor of Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators of All Kinds (MIT Press, spring 2017) and Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (William Morrow, 2014).
Sid Dobrin, University of Florida
Against Hand Me Down Tech: Digital Literacy, Digital Creativity, and the Trace Innovation Initiative
11/30/2018 (Fri) at 3:00 PM, West End Room, 18th Floor POT
Sid Dobrin is Department Chair at the University of Florida and Director of the TRACE Institute. He is the author and editor of Postcomposition, Writing Environments, Ecology, Writing Theory, and New Media: Writing Ecology, and numeours other books, articles, and chapters.


Robert Roth, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Dr. Rob Roth is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and part of the 2015 New Mappings Collaboratory Speaker Series at the University of Kentucky. He delivered this lecture on April 6th, 2015 in the Niles Gallery, introduced by Matthew W. Wilson, faculty in the UK Department of Geography.


Anthony Robinson, Assistant Professor of Geography, Penn State University

Assistant Professor of Geography and Director of the Online Geospatial Education Program at Penn State, Anthony Robinson joins us to discuss his research in online mapping education. Teaching one of Penn State's first MOOCs, Robinson has drawn over 70,000 students from more than 200 countries to his online course "Maps and the Geospatial Revolution".


Mike Goodchild, Professor Emeritus of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara

Michael Goodchild is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of California Santa Barbara. His research focuses around geographic information represented in computer systems, and how communities are involved in producing maps. 


Sarah Elwood, Professor of Geography, University of Washington

Sarah Elwood is Professor of Geography at the University of Washington. Her work intersects critical GIS, and urban and political geography, studying the social and political impacts of spatial technologies and the changing practices and politics of local activism, community organizing, and other modes of civic engagement. The New Mappings Collaboratory at the University of Kentucky hosted Professor Elwood while she and faculty at UK collaborate with new spatial media.


Dan Sui, Professor and Chair of Geography, The Ohio State University

Dan Sui is Professor and Chair of Geography at The Ohio State University. His current research focuses on volunteered geographic information and the use of social media as a new data source for geographic research as well as the legal and ethical issues of using geospatial technologies in society. The New Mappings Collaboratory at the University of Kentucky hosted Professor Sui, kicking off an effort to build partnerships around new spatial media education and research.