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MIKE DUGGAN

Cultural Geographer /

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ABOUT ME

I'm a cultural geographer and a Lecturer in Digital Culture, Society and Economy in the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London. I have a PhD from Royal Holloway University of London, working in partnership with the Ordnance Survey on studying everyday digital mapping practices. I'm primarily interested in the tensions and contradictions that emerge when we examine how digital society and technology is theorised alongside how everyday life is lived. I'm the editor-in-chief of the Livingmaps Review, a bi-annual journal for radical and critical cartography. We welcome a range of submission styles from academics, artists, activists and others interested in maps and mapping practices. I'm also a member of the recently established Mapping Futures Imaginaries network.

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ALL MAPPED OUT

Out Now

A unique approach to maps, exploring how they have shaped society and culture. Maps go far beyond just showing us where things are located. All Mapped Out is an exploration of how maps impact our lives on social and cultural levels. This book takes readers on a journey through the fascinating history of maps, from ancient cave paintings and stone carvings to the digital interfaces we rely on today. But it’s not just about the maps themselves; it’s about the people behind them. Discover how maps have affected societies, influenced politics and economies, impacted the environment, and even shaped our sense of personal identity. Mike Duggan uncovers the incredible power of maps to shape the world and the knowledge we consume. This is a unique and eye-opening perspective on the significance of maps in our daily lives.​

Buy here

CURRENT PROJECTS

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CHARTING NEW TERRAINS

Counter-Mapping Research and Pedagogy in the UK and India

In 2023 I started a collaboration with Savyasachi Anju Prabir (National Institute of Design, India) to develop a teaching and research collaboration around the theme of counter-mapping in the UK and India. 

Two summer schools took place in 2023; January at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and June at King's College London. 

This collaboration is supported by the NID and KCL Global Engagement Partnership fund

PAST PROJECTS

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ZOOM OBSCURA

Introducing a new project that uses artistic intervention to challenge the data collection practices of videoconferencing.

More info here and here 

Now exhibiting at InSpace in Edinburgh 

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LOCATIVE MEDIA FOR EARTHLINGS IN A CHANGING WORLD

Locative Media Summer School

Locative media themed summer school 

More info here

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OUTSMARTED?

Communication infrastructures and students’ pathways to navigating London as a digital city

Inspired by critical technology, urban and education studies, the Outsmarted project, led by Dr Alevizou, worked with KCL students from Digital Humanities and Liberal Arts to explore their experiences of London in terms of culture and communication infrastructures, places and spaces for knowledge, learning and leisure. Deploying a range of participatory pedagogies and qualitative methods, as well as creative and computational thinking, it drew insights into students’ understanding of the ‘digital’ (culture, media, connections, networks and infrastructures and frames surrounding ‘appification’) in the city.

To read more about the project and download the toolkit, please click here 

PUBLICATIONS

Please contact me if you would like a copy of the following

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Elsden, C., Chatting, D., Duggan, M., Dwyer, A. and Thornton, P. (2022). Zoom Obscura: Counterfunctional Design for Video-Conferencing. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’22). 

Kiminami, C. A. G. & Duggan, M. (2022). Locative media communities, social media and cultures of enthusiasm. International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media. (online first).

Duggan, M. (2021). Embracing the plurality of the carto-sphere. Dialogues in Human Geography (online first).

Duggan, M. (2021). Cruising landscape-objects: inland waterway guidebooks and wayfinding with them. Cultural Geographies, 29(2): 167-183.

Duggan, M. (2019). Cultures of Enthusiasm: An Ethnographic Study of Amateur Map-Maker Communities. Cartographica, 54(3): 217-229.

Duggan, M. (2019). Spatial Media and Cycling Spaces: A Theory of Coded Attractors. Area, 52(2): 322-328.

Duggan, M. (2018). Navigational Mapping Practices: Context, Politics, Data. Westminster Papers in Communication, 13(2): 31-45.

Duggan, M. (2017). Questioning ‘Digital Ethnography’ in an Era of Ubiquitous Computing. Geography Compass, 11(5): 1-12.

Duggan, M. (2017). The Cultural Life of Maps: Everyday Place-Making Mapping Practices. Livingmaps Review, 3

BOOKS

BOOK CHAPTERS

BOOK REVIEWS

Duggan, M. (2020). Review Essay. Rossetto, T. (2019). Object Oriented Cartography: Maps as Things. Livingmaps Review, 8

Duggan, M. (2019). Review Essay. Edney, M. (2019). Cartography: The Ideal and its History. Livingmaps Review, 7  

Duggan, M. (2015) Book Review. Wilken, R. & Goggin, G. (2012). Mobile Technology and Place. Routledge, London. Society and Space 

Duggan, M. (2014). Book review. Miller, D. & Sinanan, J. (2014). Webcam. Polity Press, Cambridge. Society and Space

Cohen, P. and Duggan, M. (2021). New Directions in Radical Cartography: Why the Map is Never the Territory. Rowman & Littlefield.

Arcidiacono, D. and Duggan, M. (2019). Sharing Mobilities: Questioning Our Right to the City in the Collaborative Economy. London: Routledge (Forward by Juliet Schor)

Duggan, M. (Forthcoming). All Mapped Out. London: Reaktion Books. 

Duggan, M. (2021). Mobile, spatial and locative media. In: von Benzon, N., Holton, M., Wilkinson, C. and Wilkinson, S. (Eds). Creative Methods for Human Geographers. London: Sage. (pp. 245-258).

Duggan, M. (2018). The Lived Experiences of a Digitalising World. In: Gäbler, K. and Felgenhauer, T. (Eds). Geographies of Digital Culture. London: Routledge. (pp. 71-83).

DOCTORAL THESIS

Mapping Interfaces: An Ethnography of Everyday Digital Mapping Practices. (2017). Awarded by Royal Holloway University of London

INTERVIEWS

Duggan, M and Kiminami, C. (2021). Reflecting on Locative Media Art 

With Fred Adam and Geert Vermeire. Livingmaps Review, 10

COURSES TAUGHT

I teach on a range of undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London

These have included:

History of Networked Technologies 

Theories of New Media 

Digital Foundations II 

Digital Foundations III

Big Data, Culture & Society 

Contemporary Trends in Digital Theory 

Cultural Analytics 

Introduction to Digital Culture and Society 

The Sharing Economy and its Discontents 

Digital Entrepreneurship 

Digital Industries and Internet Culture 

London as a Digital City 

Micro Perspectives on the Digital Economy

Ethnography for the internet 

Maps, Apps and the Geoweb

Image by Kelly Sikkema
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