Professor Miles Ogborn:
Professor Miles Ogborn works in the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of
London where he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2001 for his outstanding
contribution to the discipline. Professor Obgorn studies the everyday from a global and
local perspective within the context of cultural geography and cultural history. Interested
in the way cultural geography informs how historical documents are researched, read
and produced, Prof. Ogborn’s interdisciplinary perspective touches on issues of power,
knowledge, globalization, the city and textuality. His most recent books are Global
Lives: Britain and the World, 1550-1800 (2008), and Indian Ink: Script and Print in the
Making of the English East India Company (2007). Other publications include Spaces
of Modernity: London’s Geographies, 1680-1780 (1998), along with numerous articles
published in Journal of Historical Geography, Social and Cultural Geography, and
Abstract: Everyday Geographies
How do spaces become 'everyday', and what does that mean for how the world works? Drawing on the work of Michel de Certeau (among others), and on a range of historical material from diverse geographical settings from seventeenth-century Madras to eighteenth-century London and Jamaica, this lecture explores the making and unmaking of everyday geographies of walking, writing and talking. It argues that the everyday has to be actively made through its geographies, and that the process of that making has to be forgotten or obscured. However, it also argues that these historical geographies of the production of everyday spaces mean that they can always be unmade (in practice and by writing their histories) and alternatives revealed.
Professor Caitlin Fisher:
Caitlin Fisher directs the Augmented Reality Lab in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York, where she is working to construct and theorize spatial narrative environments and build expressive software tools for artists. Current research interests also include digital archiving, lifelogging, data visualization and experimental game structures for storytelling. An international award-winning digital storyteller, Dr. Fisher was awarded a Canada Research Chair in digital culture in 2004.