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Exploring maps at Somerset House

Event at Somerset House will explore the role of maps in different areas of practice

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

Dr Danai Dima, a lecturer from the Department of Psychology, City, University of London, is leading a new cultural exchange at Somerset House, which is exploring the role of maps in brain imagery, cultural geography and everyday life.

Taking place on 24 May 2017 between 3pm to 5pm and hosted by The Culture Capital Exchange, the event – which also involves academics from Royal Holloway and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama - will discuss the role of these maps and seek to explore the similarities and differences of how maps and mappings may be used and understood across these overlapping themes.

Potential research topics to be discussed by the 40 delegates attending include:

  • What does mapping mean exactly? And what can it mean?
  • Are there any similarities between geographical and brain mapping?
  • What other activities or practices involve mapping?
  • What are the benefits of these various kinds of mapping – how can they make us think differently?

Speaking about the event, Dr Danai Dima, said:

“At a time when maps and mapping practices are undergoing a transition into the digital world it is timely to explore how the cartographic form and its power of representation is increasingly intertwined with a variety of everyday practices, sciences, arts and social theory.

“We aim to establish a diverse network of interested individuals enthusiastic about mapping (un)charted territories – may it be for the brain, the earth, or beyond – and willing to be part of a cross-disciplinary network, promoting mapping theories and practice.

“We hope this gathering will be of interest to enthusiasts of the natural and social sciences and the arts, including psychologists, geographers, cartographers, neuroimagers, artists, mathematicians, data scientists, information technologists and all of those who are inspired by mapping their way in this world than passively following maps. We also hope that it will lead to further thinking about how we can use brain maps and mapping practices to engage people in health and medical-related issues.”

The event is part of Impossible Partnerships, a series of small-scale, informal, convivial meetings, developed and curated by The Culture Capital Exchange to boost the collaborative potential of projects and topics, in order to support new networks between research and the creative sectors.

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