PhD Defence: Alex Gekker (Utrecht University)

Uniquitous Cartography: Casual Power in Digital Maps

When? 9 December 2016, 14:30
Where? Senaat hall of the Academiegebouw (academy building) of Utrecht University, at Domplein 29, 3512 JE  Utrecht.
The doors close at the exact time and latecomers will not be able to enter.

On 9 December 2016, Alex Gekker will defend his PhD Thesis Uniquitous Cartography: Casual Power in Digital Maps. His main proposition is that mobile digital maps should be understood simultaneously as being ubiquitous (think Google Maps) and being personalised. This results in unique power relations between makers and users of such maps, which become part of our mundane technological background.

The defence will last exactly 45 minutes, after which the extended committee will deliberate and finally award him a doctoral degree (unless something goes freakishly wrong). After the defence, the guests are invited to participate in a reception that will take place downstairs.

You are cordially invited to join Alex Gekker in celebration, if you are (or willing to be) in the Netherlands around that time. Please RSVP using the form below whether you plan to attend, and – if so – whether you are staying for the reception. It will greatly help him with planning the day.