The use of spatial theories and technologies within the humanities—the spatial humanities—has led to creative scholarship that has reinvigorated our understanding of space and place in history, literature, archaeology, and allied disciplines. This presentation explores what we have learned from our application of geospatial technologies to the problems of interest to humanists. It also suggests an agenda for the future of this work, which increasingly will witness the convergence of technologies within new formats, such as virtual reality. One result is deep mapping, an innovative form of mapping with an emphasis on experiential knowledge that will open scholarship to non-expert audiences. What does this development mean for history and the spatial humanities as we continue to seek ways to connect matter and meaning on the subjects that interest us?
About the speaker
David Bodenhamer is (founding) Executive Director of The Polis Center and Professor of History at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). During his tenure, the Polis Center has developed over 1000 projects and a wide array of local, national, and international partnerships, with grant and contract funding of over $90 million. He has served as strategic and organizational consultant to universities, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations across the U.S. and in Europe. An active researcher, Bodenhamer is author or editor of twelve books and has published over thirty-five journal articles and chapters in books. He has made over one hundred presentations to audiences on four continents on topics ranging from legal and constitutional history to the use of GIS and advanced information technologies in academic and community-based research.
This event is part of “New Horizons: Confronting the Digital Turn in the Humanities“, a lecture series organised by the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH).
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