Mapping Injustice: Experiments in Critical Cartographies and Digital Mapping Practices

Public Humanities, Humanities in Practice Workshops

October 19, 2022 Wednesday, 2:00pm–4:00pm EDT Virtual Event The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.

Mapping Injustice is a hands-on workshop where participants will learn and experiment with methods of critical cartography and digital mapping. This workshop is inspired by the emergence of several anti-monumental projects that apply spatial research to contest controversial historical memories permeating public spaces. The first part of the workshop will present concepts and tools to engage with maps, monuments, and spatial practices. This section will have a technical component, so the audience can be introduced to open-source programs that can be used in digital mapping for public humanities projects, like QGIS. For the second part, we will invite the audience to create a conceptual map for their own public humanities initiatives. The exercise will offer a chance to experiment with the possibility of incorporating elements of digital mapping and spatial research into their projects, taking into account issues such as visualization, public engagement and community-led mapping.

Workshop Leaders

Iuri Bauler Pereira (PhD Candidate, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures)
Luise Malmaceda (PhD Candidate, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures)
Project: Never Again: Dismantling the Monuments of Latin American Dictatorships

Never Again is a public humanities project that aims to map and document anti-monument initiatives that contest the public memory of military dictatorships in Latin America, and connect them with current anti-racist U.S.-based movements engaged with toppling Confederate monuments.

This workshop is presented as part of the Public Humanities Skills Workshops, a series of sessions that connect graduate fellows and the public with skills, methods, and strategies to engage in the interdisciplinary field of the Public Humanities. These workshops are hosted by the Public Humanities Initiative and open to all. Advanced registration is required.

Please email [email protected] to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.