Mapping Meaning: A Holistic Approach toward Human, Ecological and Technological Landscapes
Posted April 16th, 2012 by Eliana
Dates: July 30 – August 4, 2012
Location: Capitol Reef Field Station, Utah
Mapping Meaning invites women artists, scientists and scholars from all disciplines to participate in a unique summer conference to be held at the Capitol Reef Field Station in southern Utah.
Inspired by a photograph from 1918 depicting an all-female survey crew, the first Mapping Meaning conference brought together a select group of 14 women and occurred while camping together in 2010. Participants came from disciplines such as ethnobotany, visual art, folklore, GIS/land surveying, entomology, film, biology, American studies, business, and civil & environmental engineering. The second conference will take place at the Capitol Reef Field Station, which is located in the heart of the Colorado Plateau.
Over 5 days participants will engage in cross-discipline dialogue providing a pioneering forum for challenging assumptions and theoretical frameworks that come from specialized education and training. The focus of this year’s conference will be “ecotone.” Defined as a transitional zone between two adjacent communities, ecotone speaks to ecologies in tension. Mapping Meaning takes this theme for 2012 and will use it as a method and metaphor for considering transitions that are currently taking place with regard to ecology, technology and culture. Throughout the conference, a series of questions will be posed to the group. These will
focus on “ecotone as a site of opportunity,” “ecotone as a site of experimentation,” “ecotone as a place of creativity” and “ecotone as a place of emergency.”
For further information on this year's conference please see attached or visit: http://mappingmeaning.wordpress.com/2012-2/
Please note that space is limited to approximately 15 women.
Applications are due by May 1 and selected applicants will be notified by May 15.