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Call for papers: 20 years of seeing with GPS: Perspectives and future directions.’ 1 May 2020, KCL. Deadline: 28 Feb 2020.

To mark twenty years of GPS in the public realm, KCL Digital Humanities invite participants to join them for a one-day symposium to discuss, question and reflect upon how GPS has affected how we see the world. From our situated everyday experiences of navigation and self-tracking, to the wider ways in which the world can be seen from afar by us and digital technologies through trackable objects, practices and mapping interfaces, it is simple enough to propose that GPS has changed our relationship to the world. However, when we begin to look more closely at how GPS has affected the personal, political, cultural and economic ways in which the world is now seen and experienced, there is still much room for inquiry and reflection. Many have discussed how GPS has become central to contemporary socio-economic practices, but rarely has GPS been discussed in relation to ways the world is seen from different personal, political, cultural and economic perspectives. With the aim of having these discussions, KCL invite papers that address how humans, objects and practices came and continue to see with GPS, see through GPS and be seen by GPS from different perspectives and in different contexts -and how these ways of seeing will shape us and our societies in the future.


Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted to Claire.Reddleman@kcl.ac.uk and Michael.duggan@kcl.ac.uk by Friday 28th February 2020. Accepted contributors will be given 20 minutes to present their papers.


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