Mapping Gyros, Juloos, Disaster Ruins, Beer, Fallout Shelters, Drive-Ins, Serial Killers, and Other Stuff


We’ve wrapped up our fourth semester of Urban Media Archaeology. Once again, Rory and I were blown away by the students’ innovative research projects, their applications of various methodologies, their exhaustive research (including quite a bit of archival work), and the inventive means by which they transformed their arguments into spatial stories. Here’s a little synopsis of their projects (many of which are still works in progress!), accompanied by some words of wisdom the students shared in their end-of-semester reflective blog posts about the research-and-mapping process (not everyone’s posted yet):

Hira studied halal food trucks as embodiments of global migrations and geopolitics; of local, multicultural infrastructures of exchange; and of the cultural politics of food.