Speakers | The Mobile City Conference 2008

Keynote Speakers at The Mobile City are:

Stephen Graham – Professor of Human Geography, Durham University (UK)


Over the last fifteen years Stephen Graham’s research has sought to understand the relations between urban places and mobility, infrastructure and technology on the one hand, and war, surveillance and geopolitics on the other. In particular, his recent work has explored the ‘splintering’ of urban spaces and infrastructures, mobilities and cities; the implications of new media technologies for urban life; and the proliferation of urban surveillance systems which are increasingly automated through computer software.


Tim Cresswell – professor of Geography, University of Londen


Tim Cresswell’s research interests are in social and cultural geography. Specifically he is writing a on geographies of mobility ranging from ballroom dance to the international airport. His interests centre on the role of geographic thought (about such things as mobility, place, landscape, space etc) in the constitution of social and cultural life. He is keen to show how geographical imaginations and practices play powerful roles in the production of relations of power, domination and resistance. Tim Cresswell is also on the editorial board of the journal “Mobilities”.


Christian Nold – independent artist and lecturer London


Christian Nold is an artist, designer and educator working to develop new participatory models for communal representation. In 2001 he wrote the well received book ‘Mobile Vulgus’, which examined the history of the political crowd and which set the tone for his research into participatory mapping. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2004, Christian has led a number of large scale participatory projects and worked with a team on diverse academic research projects. In particular his ‘Bio Mapping’ project has received large amounts of international publicity and been staged in 16 different countries and over 1500 people have taken part in workshops and exhibitions. These participatory projects have a strong pedagogical basis and grew out of Christian’s formal university teaching. He is currently based at the Bartlett, University College London.


Malcolm McCullough – Associate Professor University of Michigan

For twenty years as an educator, author, and design advocate, Malcolm McCullough has consistently brought a human-centered approach to emerging practices in digital design. Beginning from computer aided design in architecture, in which he was a pioneer in the 1980s, McCullough eventually reached artists, urbanists, environmental psychologists, digital fabricators, and usability professionals. His 1996 book Abstracting Craft found an interdisciplinary audience for the creative work practices behind the digital economy. His 2004 book, Digital Ground–Architecture, Pervasive Computing, and Environmental Knowing, offered a theory of place for interaction design. McCullough has given over thirty invited lectures and keynotes in over a dozen countries. Prior to joining the architecture faculty at the University of Michigan. He served at Carnegie Mellon; and for ten years at Harvard. He experienced silicon valley briefly as a product manager at early Autodesk and later as a visitor-in-residence at Xerox PARC, all back in the 20th century. Currently he is writing a book on environmental histories of locative media.