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Mapping Injustice: Experiments in Critical Cartographies and Digital Mapping Practices

Public Humanities, Humanities in Practice Workshops

dateOctober 19, 2022 timeWednesday, 2:00pm–4:00pm EDT locationVirtual Event
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
email address [email protected]
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
B&W photo of the statue of Borba Gato on fire in São Paulo

This is a virtual event. Registrants will receive a Zoom link in their Eventbrite confirmation email.

Mapping Injustice is a workshop that seeks to introduce methods of critical cartography and spatial media for storytelling in public humanities. 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 be led by Grga Bašić (University of Chicago), who will introduce his process and tools applied to engage with narrative and critical cartographies. This section will introduce the audience to the technical components currently used in digital mapping for public humanities projects, like QGIS, and invite us to expand our understanding of spatial media beyond the interactive map. For the second part, we will invite the audience to debate these ideas and imagine a spatial version of their own public humanities initiatives. The exercise will offer a chance to consider the incorporation of elements of digital mapping and spatial media into different projects, and address issues such as visualization, public engagement and community-led spatial storytelling.

Guest Speaker: Grga Bašić (Senior Research Associate in Cartography and Spatial Media, Urban Theory Lab, University of Chicago)

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.