Mapping Ararat at Association for Jewish Studies 2013 Conference

Session Participants: Moderator: Jeffrey Shandler, ( Rutgers University) Discussants: Jennifer Glaser (University of Cincinnati), Shelley Hornstein ( York University), Todd Presner ( University of California, Los Angeles), Gavriel Rosenfeld ( Fairfield University), Melissa Shiff ( University of Toronto), Louis Kaplan ( University of Toronto). Boston Mass, Sheraton Hotel, Mon Dec 16 2013, 4:30 to 6:30pm, Link to…

Haaretz Mentions Mapping Ararat

“This Day in Jewish History/ a refuge for persecuted Jews is founded- almost” David B. Green reminds us that September 15 was “Founders Day” the day when Mordecai Noah staged his Proclamation Ceremony to inaugurate Ararat- his Jewish Homeland. The Mapping Ararat Project is mentioned in Green’s article which is published in Haaretz- Israel’s leading…

New Centennial Review Essay

We are pleased to announce that Louis Kaplan’s essay entitled: Mapping Ararat: Augmented Reality, Virtual Tourism, and Grand Islands Jewish Ghosts was published in the fall 2013 issue of CR: The New Centennial Review. To read the introduction and the abstract please click here.

Berlin, July 2013

Our trip to Berlin allowed us to site our synagogue on the grounds of the Jewish Museum and to place our flag next to the Heinrich Heine Monument near Humboldt University. Heine was in correspondence with Mordecai Noah about his Ararat plan and one cannot help but wonder if he would have actually immigrated to…

Mapping Ararat featured in The Walrus!

Stephen Strauss- an award winning science writer has published his article “Reimagining the Jewish State that never was, in Grand Island New York” in the July/August 2013 issue of The Walrus, one of Canada’s leading magazines. Here is a short excerpt from his article: “In 2011, Melissa Shiff and Louis Kaplan, two academics at the University of…

Mapping Ararat Featured at Jewish Art Now

Jewish Art Now, an up and coming website, has written a lengthy post on our project which shows some images from our exhibition at the American Comparative Literature Association in April 2013. To read the post please visit this page at Jewish Art Now:  Augmented Reality of a Lost Jewish Land: Mapping Ararat  

The Imaginary Atlas

Mapping Ararat has been selected to be part of a fascinating website that curates creative mapping. Here is a description of the project: “The Imaginary Atlas collects maps and other images and information that describe the many places of the imagination: videogame maps, maps used in tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons, imaginary cities…