September 22: Cartographic Epistemologies + Blind Spots
**We’ll be meeting in room 1645 at 79 5th Ave today! Exit the elevators on 16, hang right to enter the Media Studies offices, then take a right, another right, then a left to reach the conference room in the SE corner of the floor.
Guest: Bill Rankin (Skype 4-5pm)
Discuss Individual Project Proposals
- Bruno Latour, “The Domestication of the Savage Mind” In Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers Through Society (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987): 215-219.
- John Pickles, “What Do Maps Represent? The Crisis of Representation and the Critique of Cartographic Reason” and “Mapping and the Production of Social Identities” In A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping and the Geo-Coded World (New York: Routledge, 2004): 29-59, 126-33.
- Sophia B. Liu & Leysia Palen, “The New Cartographers: Crisis Map Mashups and the Emergence of Neogeographic Practice” Cartographic and Geographic Information Science 37:1 (2010): 69-90 – focus on 72, 78-82, 86-9 [Where do our data come from, and how do we render them mappable?].
Frames, Borders, Gaps, Cuts & Boundaries
- Optional (worth skimming, at least): Peter Turchi, “A Wide Landscape of Snows” Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer (San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 2004): 27-71.
- Berhard Siegert, “Exiting the Project” and “The Permanently Projected World” In Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015): 142-5.
- Skim (repeats much of what we discussed last week): Bill Rankin, “Cartography and the Reality of Boundaries” Perspecta 42 (Spring 2010): 42-45.
- Luke O’Connell, “Dashed Lines and Dashed Hopes: The Downside of Google’s ‘Neutrality’” Brown Political Review (May 9, 2014).
- Janet Vertesi, “Mind the Gap: The London Underground Map and Users’ Representations of Urban Space” Social Studies of Science 38:1 (2008): 7-33 [a hinge to next week’s discussion]…
- J.B. Harley, “Deconstructing the Map” Cartographica 26:2 (Summer 1989): 1-20.
- Rob Kitchin, Justin Gleeson & Martin Dodge, “Unfolding Mapping Practices: A New Epistemology for Cartography” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 38:3 (July 2013): 480-96.
- Rob Kitchin, Chris Perkins and Martin Dodge, “Thinking About Maps” In Rethinking Maps: New Frontiers in Cartographic Theory (New York: Routledge, 2009): 2-25.
- Manuel Lima, The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014).
- Bernhard Siegert, “The Map is the Territory” Radical Philosophy 169 (September/October 2011): 13-6.
- Denis Wood, “The Mathematical Transformation of the Object” In The Power of Maps (New York: Guilford Press, 1992): 56-61 [on projections].
- Paul Carter, “Dark with Excess of Bright: Mapping the Coastlines of Knowledge” In Dennis Cosgrove, Ed., Mappings (London: Reaktion Books, 1999): 125-47.
- Disputed Territories
- Nicholas Jackson, “15 High-Profile Sites Google Doesn’t Want You to See” The Atlantic (June 21, 2011).
- Aaron Rothman, with Mishka Henner, Daniel Leivick & Clement Valla, “Beyond Google Earth” Places (May 2015).
- Shannon Mattern, “Methodolatry and the Art of Measure” Places (November 2013).
- Marble Fairbanks Branch Library Design Proposal
- Hans Rosling, “Let My Dataset Change Your Mindset” TED Video