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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
United States

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Shannon Mattern


The GIDEST seminar is held on Fridays from 12-1:30pm. All seminars take place in the GIDEST Lab at 63 Fifth Avenue, Room 411.

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Shannon Mattern

Intellectual Furnishings

Shannon Mattern is a 2014-15 GIDEST Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Media Studies at the New School for Public Engagement where she writes and teaches on the relationships between the forms and materialities of media and the spaces they create and inhabit. Her work engages libraries and archives, media spaces and acoustics, and material texts. Professor Mattern is currently working on two book-length projects: one about the longue durée of the mediated city, and a second on the design of “intellectual furnishings”, the structures people create to house and store media.

Formerly a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Mattern has also taught at NYU, Parsons The New School for Design, and Rutgers, as well as at NSPE. Her writing has appeared in Public Culture, Space and Culture, The Senses & Society, Music, Sound and the Moving Image, the International Journal of Communication, Invisible Culture, Design and Culture, the Journal of Architectural Education, and several edited volumes. A columnist for Places — a landscape and urbanism journal, she has recently written a series of articles about data and cities, and has also edited a Special Issue of mediaCommons’ The New Everyday on “notes, lists, and everyday inscriptions,” (2010). Professor Mattern is the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities (2007).

Earlier Event: October 24
Neil Brenner
Later Event: November 21
Mabel O. Wilson