Digital Cultural Mapping: Transformative Scholarship and Teaching in the Geospatial Humanities

We are pleased to announce the 12 participants in the 2012 NEH Summer Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities:

  1. Ryan Cordell (English, Northeastern University), “Networks and Textual Histories of the ‘Celestial Railroad.’
  2. Jonathan Massey (School of Architecture, Syracuse University) and Brett Snyder (University of California Davis), “Occupying Wall Street: Places and Spaces of Political Action
  3. John Maciuika (Art and Architectural History, CUNY—Baruch College), “Berlin Palace Reconstruction, Urban Development, and the Cartographic Imagination
  4. Jennifer Reut (Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Postdoctoral Scholar),  “Mapping a Landscape of African American Travel, 1944-1964: Invisibility, Mobility and Autonomy
  5. Paula R. Lupkin (independent scholar), “Mapping the Great Southwest
  6. Nobuko Toyosawa (History, USC), “A Digital Mapping of Placing Japan: National Imaginaries and the Formation of Historical Knowledge in the Tokugawa and Meiji Eras.”
  7. Gabriel Hankins (University of Virginia Scholars Lab, Graduate Fellow), “Mapping Modernism
  8. Annie Danis (independent scholar), “Mapping the Rainbow Bridge Monument Valley Expedition
  9. Lillian Manzor (Modern Languages, University of Miami),  “Miami Through its Spanish Performing Arts Spaces
  10. Niall Atkinson (Art History, University of Chicago) and Peter Leonard (Director, Humanities Research Computing, University of Chicago), “Renaissance Cartography / Renaissance Chorography: Florence in Census and Senses
  11. Angel David Nieves (Africana Studies, Hamilton College), “The Soweto HGIS Project: Cartographies of Apartheid and Resistance in the Spatial Humanities

The purpose of the Institute is to bring together a cohort of 12 Humanities scholars and advanced graduate students across various disciplines to learn how to develop innovative publications and courses that harness the theoretical and practical approaches of the “geospatial Humanities.”  By geospatial Humanities, we mean the centrality of place, geo-temporal analysis, and mapping for conceptualizing, investigating, and visualizing research problems in fields such as history, architecture, classics, literary studies, art history, as well as the humanistic social sciences (archaeology, anthropology, and political science). Situated at the intersection of critical cartography and information visualization, the Institute will combine a survey of the “state of the art” in interoperable geospatial tools and publication models, with hands-on, studio-based training in integrating GIS data into Humanities scholarship, developing spatial visualizations, and deploying a suite of mapping tools in the service of creating publication-ready research articles and short monographs with robust digital components.

Institute Dates: June 18-July 3, 2012, with option to stay through July 6 @ UCLA

Note:

Given the extraordinary growth of the “Spatial Humanities” and the need to address the complexity of the technologies, methods, and research questions from multiple disciplinary angles, the NEH is supporting two Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities during the summer of 2012. Digital Cultural Mapping: Transformative Scholarship and Teaching in the Geospatial Humanities will take place at UCLA, under the direction of Todd Presner, Diane Favro, and Chris Johanson.  This website describes the Institute and application process.  The second Institute, Spatial Narratives and Deep Maps: Explorations in the Spatial Humanities, will meet in Indianapolis, June 18-29, in conjunction with the Virtual Center for Spatial Humanities. This Institute will be co-directed by David Bodenhamer, John Corrigan, and Trevor Harris and will include leading scholars in the field of spatial humanities from the US and UK.  While the Institutes have distinct curricula and deliverables, they will coordinate the selection process, and participants will have the opportunity to learn from one another through video-conferencing, project blogs, and digital publications.

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