Todd Presner: "Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities: From Berlin to Los Angeles and Beyond."

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:00am

The Duke Center for Jewish Studies and the Duke German Studies Department is proud to host Professor Todd Presner (UCLA), who will be giving a presentation on:

“Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities: From Berlin to Los Angeles and Beyond” (Westbrook 0014)

Todd Presner is Professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature at UCLA, where he is the Director of UCLA’s Center for Jewish Studies and Chair of the Digital Humanities Program.  In this talk, Presner will introduce the award-winning “HyperCities” project (http://hypercities.com), a digital mapping platform for “going back in time.”  Beginning with an investigation of the complex cultural, urban, and social layers of Berlin, Presner will show how the platform allows researchers to ask new questions about urban landscapes as well as engages students in participatory modes of learning and collaboration.  He will showcase a series of exemplary mapping projects primarily focused on German-Jewish history and the memory of the Holocaust before concluding with the challenges and possibilities of composing contemporary history through social media and geographic information systems.

RSVP to serena.elliott@duke.edu.

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Elliott, Serena