The Department of Geography at Birkbeck hosts a biannual public lecture in memory of Eila Campbell, one of our alumni who devoted a large part of her life to geography and, in particular, cartography, and whose connection to Birkbeck spanned more than 50 years.
In line with Eila’s interests, the Department is delighted to welcome Professor Laura Vaughan to speak on her recently published book, Mapping Society: The spatial dimensions of social cartography. From a rare map of yellow fever in eighteenth-century New York to Charles Booth’s famous maps of poverty in nineteenth-century London, an Italian racial zoning map of early twentieth-century Asmara, and a map of wealth disparities in the banlieues of twenty-first-century Paris, Mapping Society traces the evolution of social cartography over the past two centuries. Professor Vaughan will examine maps of ethnic or religious difference, poverty, and health inequalities, demonstrating how they serve as both records of social enquiry and inscriptions of social patterns. Further details on her book, as well as an open access version, can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/mapping-society.
This is an hour lecture, closing with a short Q&A session. A drinks reception will follow.
While this event is free, booking is required via this page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eila-campbell-memorial-lecture-tickets-54855334783
Speakers:Laura Vaughan is Professor of Urban Form and Society at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. In addition to her research into social cartography, she has written on many other critical aspects of urbanism today, including her previous book ‘Suburban Urbanities: Suburbs and the Life of the High Street’.
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Location: B01 Lecture Theatre, Birkbeck, University of London, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7JL