I'll be presenting and reflecting on the work done over the last two years in my undergraduate special topics seminar "Datascapes and the Informal City" as part of an upcoming symposium on pluralism and pedagogy in urban areas at Columbia University, put together by the school's Language Resource Center.
The event "Reading the City: Multilingualism, Multiculturalism, and Urban Landscapes" is Friday, 1 May at Columbia's Morningside Campus (follow the link for free registration). From the organizers: "The day's presentations will highlight practical methods and pedagogical implications of engaging with the city around us to better connect our classes with the world in which our students live."
I'm very excited to revisit the Datascapes course in this context. (Follow these links for descriptions of the class and student work: Fall 2013, Fall 2014.) The questions explored through the seminar are as much about finding ways of exploring and representing informality and pluralism in seemingly 'objective' urban datasets as they are about finding ways of raising these critical questions in the classroom. As such, I'm very much looking forward to the day.