Field Trip, 4-5pm: Meet with curator Ian Fowler @ the NYPL Map Division, 42nd St + 5th Ave; meet outside room 117. Please be on time because shortly after we gather, we’ll head to a staff-only area of the building to look at the collection. We’ll then return to the classroom after our visit.
TO BE READ FOR TODAY:
- Read about the amazingly ambitious History of Cartography project, some of which is available to you freely online: “The History of Cartography, the ‘Most Ambitious Overview of Map Making Ever,’ Now Free Online,” Open Culture (September 3, 2015). Now, you’ll read a few small samples from that collection:
- J. B. Harley, “The Map and the Development of the History of Cartography” In J.B. Harley and David Woodward, Eds., Cartography in Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean, Vol. 1 of The History of Cartography (Chicago: University of Chicago Press): 1-6 [stop at “Antiquaries, Collectors…”]
- G. Malcolm Lewis, “The Origins of Cartography” In J.B. Harley and David Woodward, Eds., Cartography in Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean, Vol. 1 of The History of Cartography (Chicago: University of Chicago Press): 50-53.
- Just for fun: check out the maps released by the CIA in November 2016, in honor of the agency’s 75th anniversary. And the recently published complete archive of National Geographic maps.
The New and Timeless: these two pieces foreshadow many of the themes and critical questions we’ll be discussing throughout the semester
- Shannon Mattern, “Mapping’s Intelligent Agents,” Places Journal (September 2017).
- Lois Parshley, “Here Be Dragons: Finding Blank Spaces in a Well-Mapped World,” Virginia Quarterly Review 93:1 (Winter 2017).
- What new cartographic developments – humanitarian or ecological applications, business opportunities, creative experiments, political or ethical threats, areas of critical study, etc. – are most compelling to you? You might draw from inspiration from the two essays above, or you might consider how mapping aids in predictive policing and military combat; how new geolocative technologies make it possible for online retailers to deliver to remote, henceforth “un-addressed” parts of the world; how real-time mapping opens up new potential in the worlds of gaming or performance; how artists find creative fodder in geo-media glitches; how smartphones could be compromising our “spatial thinking”; how Google Maps is, by its own volition (or miscalculation), renaming neighborhoods [see this, too]; or how new cartographic technologies have facilitated gerrymandering; or how the lack of accurate cartographic data in the Congo compromises public health work; or any of the other ways mapping is transforming transportation, trade, culture, climate, and realms beyond.
- Your task is to choose a cartographic issue or application of personal interest; do a little digging online for relevant news, recent scholarship, and illuminating “think pieces”; find a map that illustrates your chosen phenomenon; post your map to our **collaborative Google Slide deck**; then come to class prepared to share your map and talk about why it’s exemplary of some bigger cartographic – and /or cultural, political, economic, aesthetic, etc. – concern. You’ll each have one minute to present! Aaack!
See also J.B. Harley and David Woodward, Eds., Cartography in Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean, Vol. 1 of The History of Cartography (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987) [especially Catherine Delano Smith, “Cartography in the Prehistoric Period in the Old World”] and J. B. Harley and David Woodward, Eds., Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies, Vol. 2, Book 1 of The History of Cartography; Cartography in the Traditional East and Southeast Asian Societies, Vol. 2, Book 2 of The History of Cartography; and Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific Societies, Vol. 2, Book 3 of The History of Cartography; Ed Parsons & Steve Chilton, “The New Mapping Revolution: Google Maps and OpenStreetMap,” Discussion at the British Library (September 7, 2010) [on egocentrism, disposability, availability of aerial photography]; The richly illustrated website companion to Susan Schulten’s Mapping the Nation | David Rumsey Map Collection: 70,000+ historical maps of all continents (except Antarctica) and the world; David Turnbull’s Maps are Territories website