Visualizing Geography: Maps, Place, and Pedagogy
Mapping technology has recently been the focus of much critical attention as evidenced by numerous efforts to develop new ways of visualizing physical and textual spaces. The proliferation of tools such as Neatline, The DM Project, Google Earth, and Walking Through Time has made mapping the stuff of both academic endeavours and everyday life.
Specifically on the academic front, the marriage of geography and literary scholarship raises interesting questions about how an individual imagines and experiences spaces. Projects like Map of Early Modern London, MappaMundi, and The Pegasus Data Project among others, are grappling with complex issues of space, place, and time, and sometimes they create encoding problems that expose epistemological flaws.
This forum will attempt to articulate some of these flaws and propose solutions that will help us better understand how literature, geography, space, and time intersect. Ultimately, we hope to foster an interdisciplinary conversation among scholars working on varied projects, from medieval texts to post-colonial movement, in order to gain new perspectives on the advantages and pitfalls of mapping text, space, and place.
- How can web tools represent the literary spaces that a reader encounters (or imagines) in literature? What types of tools would fill the existing technological gaps in geospatial information studies?
- How do narratives travel and replicate over geographical space? What would mapping these processes yield? How can we do it?
- Is it problematic to represent literary and historical geography with modern interfaces like Google Maps? Should we be concerned that these visualizations may not be accurate representations of how our subjects would imagine space, or can we be content in uncovering new (and previously impossible) readings of old texts?
- How does using maps as a pedagogical tool affect our understanding of both real and literary environments? Does mapping change the way we make connections even when we aren’t thinking about geographical space?
Hosted by HASTAC Scholars:
Cameron Butt, department of English, University of Victoria
Annette Joseph-Gabriel, department of French, Vanderbilt University
Rebecca Nesvet, department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Rebecca Shores, department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- David Borland, The Renaissance Computing Institute (RenCI)
- Laurel Bowman, department of Greek and Roman studies, University of Victoria
- Alex Gil, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Columbia University
- Jen Jack Gieseking, Visiting Assistant Research Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center and Project Manager for JustPublics@365
- Martin Holmes, Humanities Computing and Media Centre, University of Victoria
- Alexander Huang, department of English, George Washington University
- Todd Hughes, Director of Instructional Technology, Center for Second Language Studies, Vanderbilt University
- Janelle Jenstad, department of English, University of Victoria
- Joel Legassie, department of history, University of Victoria.
- Kim McLean-Fiander, The Map of Early Modern London, University of Victoria
- Jana Millar Usiskin, department of English, University of Victoria
- Greg Newton, Humanities Computing and Media Centre, University of Victoria
- Lynn Ramey, department of French and Italian, Vanderbilt University (mapping medieval travel at Discoveries of the Americas)
- Joyce Rudinsky, Associate Director for Digital Arts and Humanities, Institute of Arts nd Humanities (IAH), UNC Chapel Hill
- Katie Tanagawa, department of English, University of Victoria
(2): Screenshot of Digital Harlem: Everyday Life 1915-1930, showing all of the neighborhood churches
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