[CITASA] CfP AAG 2016: An Informational Right to the City? Rethinking the Production, Consumption, and Governance of Digital Geographic Information

Mark Graham mark.graham at oii.ox.ac.uk
Thu Sep 3 17:11:25 EDT 2015


Dear Colleagues,

Some of you might be interested in this session that Joe Shaw and I are
organising at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American
Geographers in San Francisco next year:
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*An Informational Right to the City? Rethinking the Production,
Consumption, and Governance of Digital Geographic Information
<http://cii.oii.ox.ac.uk/cfp-at-aag-2016-an-informational-right-to-the-city-rethinking-the-production-consumption-and-governance-of-digital-geographic-information/>*

A session at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American
Geographers in San Francisco, March 29-April 2, 2016

Joe Shaw <http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/?id=369> and Mark Graham
<http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/graham/> (University of Oxford)

Henri Lefebvre (2003:251) once talked of the right to information as a
complement to the right to the city. Since then, information communication
technologies have become integrally embedded into much of everyday life. The
speed of these developments has also obfuscated many changes and processes
that now envelop and define the urban experience. This includes changes in
systems of abstract spatial representation through geographic information,
and the economies surrounding this information as a commodity. The
representations which are produced and mediated through this digital
information are now contributing to an urban space that is densely
digitally layered (Graham, M., M. Zook, and A. Boulton. 2013). These
digital ‘abstract’ spaces are essential to the production and re-production
of our socio-economic world (Lefebvre, 1991). From Wikipedia to Google Maps
and TripAdvisor, the code and content that relates to a building is now
potentially as important as its bricks and mortar. These processes raise
new questions of spatial justice and the urbanization of information: Which
spaces are seen, and which are hidden? How is information produced, for
whom, and who consumes it? How does information change material places? Who
are the powerful actors in these events, and who are powerless? And
finally, is the broader concept of an 'informational right to the city' now
required? If so, how should it be envisioned and put into practice? This
session invites submissions concerned with the production, consumption, and
governance of urban geographic information, and it encourages research and
reflections that seek to rethink what informational rights we have in our
hybrid material/digital cities.

Lefebvre, H. (1991). The production of space. (D. Nicholson-Smith & D. N.-
Smith, Eds.). Oxford: Oxford : Blackwell.
Lefebvre, H. (2003). Henri Lefebvre: key writings. (S. Elden, E. Lebas, &
E. Kofman, Eds.). New York: New York.
Graham, M., Zook, M., & Boulton, A. (2013). Augmented reality in urban
places: contested content and the duplicity of code. Transactions of the
Institute of British Geographers, 38(3), 464–479.

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Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words to Mark Graham (
mark.graham at oii.ox.ac.uk) or Joe Shaw (joe.shaw at oii.ox.ac.uk) by Friday 2nd
October 2015. Successful submissions will be contacted by 9th October 2015
and will be expected to pay the registration fee and submit their abstracts
online <http://www.aag.org/annualmeeting> at the AAG website by October
29th 2015.
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Dr Mark Graham

Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow
Oxford Internet Institute
University of Oxford

Research Fellow
Green Templeton College
University of Oxford

Visiting Research Associate
School of Geography and the Environment
University of Oxford

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