Digital Geographies Keynote Panel

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Digital Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Napoleon C1, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: James Thatcher, Nick Lally
Chairs: James Thatcher


This panel seeks to discuss, debate, suggest, and explore theoretical and methodological possibilities for ongoing and future work on digital geographies. Marking the inaugural year for the Digital Geographies Specialty group and the proliferation of related sessions, this panel seeks a broad engagement with theoretical and methodological engagements with ‘the digital.’ The panel brings together a diverse set of voices and challenges them to think through the coming horizons of work in Digital Geographies. As such, panelists are encouraged to highlight areas of particular theoretical and methodological interest, such as work on algorithms, new concepts of spatial media, transduction and individuation, feminist theory, political economy, resurgent work in Critical GIS, work on social justice, materiality, and queer theory, and other areas of interest including, but not limited to, infrastructures, critical data studies, and the political ecologies of cloud computing. Led by the current chair of the Digital Geographies group and its student board members, the panel will ask participants to answer: What are the most promising directions for spatial approaches to the digital? What can we learn from other adjacent fields or scholarly precursors? What approaches have reached the limits of their usefulness? And what are we missing? We invite the panelists and audience to reflect on these questions as we aim to produce a vibrant field of inquiry with a diversity of approaches that insists on the need for spatial approaches to digital questions.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Eric Sheppard UCLA 15
Panelist Mei-Po Kwan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 15
Panelist Clio Andris 15
Panelist Sarah Elwood University of Washington 15
Introduction James Thatcher University of Washington - Tacoma 10
Panelist Elvin Wyly University of British Columbia 20

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