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Frontiers in HIstorical GIS, the Geohumanities, and Narrative Visualization

Thursday, February 27, 2020
9:00am – 4:30pm

Storrs Campus
Student Union and Babbidge Library

Frontiers in Historical GIS, the Geohumanities, and Narrative Visualization An Interdisciplinary Connections Symposium sponsored by the UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in collaboration with Urban and Community Studies, History, Geography, and American Studies Thursday, 27 February 2020 Location: Student Union Building 304B, Storrs 9:00am - Welcome and Introductions 9:30am-11:30am - Presentations and roundtable discussion

Anne Kelly Knowles, Professor of History, University of Maine, Historical GIS & Beyond: GeoVisualiation for the Humanities Spatial storytelling and deep mapping are generating much interest in the Humanities as scholars and students discover new methods for representing people in place. At the same time, humanists’ critiques of the limitations of Cartesian cartography demand solutions. This lecture will argue that points, lines, and polygons (aptly called “cartographic primitives”) are immensely useful for certain kinds of spatial analysis, but that they are also deeply problematic for analyzing and representing human experience. The extreme experiences of Holocaust victims challenged my research team to find new ways to visualize people and places, mobility and awareness, as phenomena in their own right and in relation to Nazi policies and actions. I will particularly focus on two of our ongoing experiments: inductive visualization and topological mapping. LaDale Winling, Professor of History, Virginia Tech, Finding the Humanity in the Digital Humanities.

As digital technologies and data resources become increasingly sophisticated, digital humanities and historical GIS scholars hold both the promise and the peril of demonstrating the humanity in their projects. Winling will discuss his work on redlining and political elections in Mapping Inequality, Electing the House of Representatives, and the Chicago Elections Project and the challenges of incorporating and enabling narrative, of making argument, and of finding and representing individuals in a sea of data. 11:45sm to 12:45pm - Lunchtime roundtable discussion.

All welcome to participate. Lunch provided. Please RSVP ( by February 19th or contact 1:00pm to 2:30pm - Race, Ethnicity and Community Succession in Post-War Hartford: Using Historical GIS to Explore the Racial Dynamics of Neighborhood Change

Professor Fiona Vernal, UConn History Department, Homer Babbidge Library, Visualization Studio, Room 1101 2:30pm - Coffee and Snack Break. All welcome.

3:00pm to 4:30pm - Frontiers in Historical GIS, the Geohumanities, and Narrative Visualization A panel discussion with Anne Kelly Knowles, LaDale Winling, Fiona Vernal, Ken Foote (UConn Geography and Urban and Community Studies), Mark Healey (UConn History and el Instituto), Peter Chen (UConn Geography) and Chris Vials (UConn English and American Studies)


Urban and Community Studies (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Geography Department, Hartford Campus, History Department, UConn Master Calendar

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