Spatial Technologies and Beyond Text: a workshop

16 March 2011


At the National Railway Museum, York

Edmondson Room

Friday April 1, 2011, 1pm-5.30pm

Synopsis and aims:

The aim of this informal workshop and discussion is quite simple: to share experiences of using 'spatial technologies' in pursuing projects funded as part of the AHRC's ongoing Beyond Text programme. Four particular Beyond Text projects are represented, and team-members from each will specially to explore how spatial technologies have had particular advantages in helping to take us 'beyond text': for example, in mediating encounter, movement and performance, and in visualizing artefacts, networks and linguistics. Our hope is that the discussion will foster some further future dialogue between our projects and help towards inter-connecting across the Beyond Text programme.

The workshop is open to all who have an interest in these issues, but places are limited so do please register in advance by contacting Matt Thompson (see below). We are pleased to recognise the financial support from the AHRC Beyond Text programme made available for holding this workshop.

Workshop Programme:

1.00pm: Welcome, aims and introductions, lunch

Projects and experiences - some reflections on using 'spatial technologies and going beyond text':

  • 2.00pm: Laura Balderstone and Graeme Milne (University of Liverpool) “Mapping memory on the Liverpool waterfront”
  • 2.20pm: Jonathan Foster (University of Sheffield), "Riders have spoken: designing and evaluating an archive for replaying interactive performances"
  • 2.40pm: Keith Lilley (Queen's University Belfast) and Elliott Hall (Centre for Computing in the Humanities, KCL), "Multimedia mappings of medieval Britain: the 'Linguistic Geographies' experience"
  • 3.00pm: Matt Thompson (University of York), "Mapping, mobility and marketing: potential applications of GIS in the understanding of railway place-marketing"

3.20pm: Break: tea and coffee

3.45pm: Commentary and discussion, Chair: Ian Gregory (University of Lancaster)

5.00pm: Conclusions and next steps, Chairs: Keith Lilley and Matt Thompson

5.30pm: Close

Places are limited and so will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To register for a place, please email Matt Thompson by TUESDAY MARCH 29.

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Arts & Humanities Research Council: Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,000 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute nearly a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. See Arts & Humanities Research Council website.