Mapping Meaning: A Holistic Approach Toward Human, Ecological & Technological Landscapes

Mapping Meaning invites women artists and scholars in all fields (areas of particular interest include: radical geography, literature/ecocriticism, geomatics, environmental science, geology and artists interested in these fields) to participate in a unique summer conference at Canyonlands National Park, Utah. The conference will be conducted while camping for 5 days.

This conference is inspired by a photograph from 1918 depicting an all-female survey crew. Over 5 days participants will share current research and engage in cross-discipline dialogue. All submissions for discussion topics will be considered. Suggested topics include:
technological landscapes and mapping; ecosophy: mental, social and environmental ecology; new approaches to environmental justice; and toward a sustainable human subjectivity.

This conference aims to simulate innovative approaches to research and the environment through interdisciplinary exchange and the cultivating of potential collaborations. After the conference, Mapping Meaning will support the dissemination of participant’s projects via lectures, community discussions and art exhibitions.

The conference organizer is Krista Caballero, a multimedia artist who resides in California. She received her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and recently attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work explores the technologies of land use and the potential of art to generate new relational and ecological landscapes. Her current project, Turning the Sun, is a video installation and a photographic series, which will address topics of this conference.

Unlike other conferences there is no fee to attend and all food and park fees for 5 days will be covered by the conference organizer. Participants are expected to cover personal travel expenses to/from Canyonlands National Park, Utah. In case of extreme financial hardship please contact the conference organizer. Dates to be determined upon participant availability, but will commence either the last week of July or the first week of August.

For details on participating and further information please contact Krista Caballero by May 15th:

Krista Caballero


Phone calls are welcomed: 805-710-4275

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