Digital Scholarship and Pedagogy Search Candidate Speaks About ‘Deep Mapping’ Techniques

Digital Humanities

“Navigating Space and Time with Digital Humanities Geographical Information Systems (GIS),” a talk by digital scholarship and pedagogy search candidate Dr. Charles Travis (Trinity College, Dublin), will be held Monday, Feb. 10 in JFT 1010, from 4-5 p.m.

Lev Manovich predicts that the “systematic use of large-scale computational analysis and interactive visualization of cultural patterns will become a major trend in cultural criticism and culture industries in the coming decades.”

One visualization technique associated with digital humanities GIS is the concept of “Deep Mapping” originally coined by the writer William Least Heat Moon in PrairyErth (1991). “Deep Mapping” can be described as a “vertical form of travel writing” employed to “record and represent the grain and patina of place” through juxtapositions and interpenetrations of the historical with the present, the political with the poetic and the discursive with the sensual.

Conflating oral testimony, anthology, memoir, biography, and natural history, deep mapping techniques are confluent with eco-critical tropes which Serpil Oppermann argues transcend the duality of art and life, human and the natural, to focus on the interconnections between various dualities and constructions.

Travis’ presentation will focus on deep mapping narrative and visualization techniques such as ergodicity, deformance and bricolage made possible with proprietary and open-source GIS methodologies and approaches.

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