September 20: Cartographic Epistemologies + Blind Spots

Olaus Magnus, Carta Marina, 1539

Rosh Hashanah begins this evening at sundown, at 6:56pm. If necessary, we’ll end class early.

Guest: Skype 4-5pm: Bill Rankin (pending baby’s arrival)

Discuss Individual Project Proposals

Yes, this looks like a long reading list. But it’s really only two substantial texts (Pickles and Vertesi, the latter of which has lots of images), plus several short, digestible excerpts and posts. In all, about 75 pages. You can do it.


Frames, Borders, Gaps, Cuts & Boundaries



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).

Olaus Magnus’s Carta Marina (1539)

John Pickles, “Mapping and the Production of Social Identities” In A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping and the Geo-Coded World (New York: Routledge, 2004): 126-33.

PJ Mode Collection of Persuasive Cartography, Cornell University

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].


Jess Bier, Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine: How Occupied Landscapes Shape Scientific Knowledge (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017)

Jess Bier, “Palestinian State Maps and Imperial Technologies of Staying Put,” Public Culture 29:1 (2016): 53-78

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).

Christopher Jobson, “Animated Subway Maps Compared to Their Actual Geography,” Colossal (May 31, 2017).

Aaron Rothman, with Mishka Henner, Daniel Leivick & Clement Valla, “Beyond Google Earth,” Places (May 2015).

Peter Turchi, “A Wide Landscape of Snows” in Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer (San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 2004): 27-71.


Shannon Mattern, “Methodolatry and the Art of Measure,” Places (November 2013).

Marble Fairbanks Branch Library Design Proposal [5:05 => 13:21]

Hans Rosling, “Let My Dataset Change Your Mindset,” TED Video

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