Counter Mapping Queen Mary

Counter-Mapping QMary: the university and border technologies

13-24 May 2010, Queen Mary University, London

To begin by asking <what is the university> requires an investigation
of the function of the university not only as a knowledge factory but
also as a border. Our investigation of what the university produces as
knowledge, hierarchies and power exposes the border/s that operate in,
on and around the university. That <the university is a border> is
made possible by the operation of a filter mechanism. The counting of
bodies, money in and money out, who can and can not enter, what are we
when we leave, the limits of what is and is not knowledge and the
complicity with national and global border regimes – who and what is
stopped at the border?

A group of students, staff and researchers at Queen Mary University
have set out to map the ways in which migration, border technologies,
surveillance and monetary flows intersect with the university as our
place of work and study. Joining us in the project are the <Counter-
Cartographies Collective from the University of North Carolina>, who
will help to explore the dynamics and possibilities of mapping as
method and action.

From Thursday 13 May – Monday 24 May we will gather to discuss,
research and take action to produce a counter map of Queen Mary
University. As part of our practice we will be facilitating <three
public workshops> to expand the participation and possibilities of the
project. These workshops as well as the counter mapping production
process are open to all who are interested and are free to attend –
please see below for the programme and contact details. The venue for
all events will be room 4.08 in the Francis Bancroft Building of Queen
Mary Campus and is accessible.

Thursday 13 May, 2pm
Imaginaries of the university

<Opening event of the Counter/Mapping QMary project>

The Counter-Cartographies Collective will present their work on the
neo-liberal university and discuss their maps, methodologies and
actions. This session will address our imaginaries of the university –
current and potential – and will conclude with a drift around QM campus.

Thursday 20 May, 2pm
How to make a counter-map

<Workshop: mapping as method, practice and action>

The Counter-Cartographies Collective will facilitate a workshop on
radical collaborative mapping skills using available open source
mapping software and web-based data-mining techniques. Free and open
to all, email us to register.

Monday 24 May, 4pm
The politics and potential of counter-mapping

<Presentation and open discussion>

In this event, Counter/Mapping QMary project will present their map of
Queen Mary. This presentation will be followed by an open discussion
of the methods and politics of mapping the university as a site of
migration, education and labour struggles. Invited interlocutors: The
Students not Suspects Campaign (Goldsmiths), No Cuts at Queen Mary
Campaign, Jane Wills, David Pinder, Ishani Chandrasekara, Miguel
Mellino, John Hutnyk, Alberto Toscano

Counter/Mapping QMary
Facebook: countermapping qmary

The Counter/Mapping QMary project is generously supported by the
School of Business and Management and the Geography Department at
Queen Mary University.