Launch HyperCities

Archive for December, 2011

Directed by: Todd Presner, Diane Favro, and Chris Johanson


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

Ryan Cordell (English, Northeastern University), “Networks and Textual Histories of the ‘Celestial Railroad.’”

Jonathan Massey (School of Architecture, Syracuse University), “Occupying Wall Street: Places and Spaces of Political Action”

John Maciuika (Art and Architectural History, CUNY—Baruch College), “Berlin Palace Reconstruction, Urban Development, and the Cartographic Imagination”

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”

Paula R. Lupkin (independent scholar), “Mapping the Great Southwest”

Nobuko Toyosawa (History, USC), “A Digital Mapping of Placing Japan: National Imaginaries and the Formation of Historical Knowledge in the Tokugawa and Meiji Eras.”

Gabriel Hankins (University of Virginia Scholars Lab, Graduate Fellow), “Mapping Modernism”

Annie Danis (independent scholar), “Mapping the Rainbow Bridge Monument Valley Expedition”

Lillian Manzor (Modern Languages, University of Miami), “Miami Through its Spanish Performing Arts Spaces”

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”

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.