Geographic Imagination’s Role in the Digital Humanities

Friday, November 2, 2012

5:30 pm Reception, 6 pm Lecture, event is free and open to the public.

DePaul Humanities Center Digital Humanities Series presents “Geographic Imagination’s Role in the Digital Humanities” with Anne Kelly Knowles.

Anne Kelly Knowles is Associate Professor of Geography at Middlebury College. For more than fifteen years, she has been a pioneer in historical GIS. Her two edited books, “Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History,” (2002) and “Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship,” (2008), along with special issues of the journals “Social Science History” and “Historical Geography,” have become benchmarks in this interdisciplinary field. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. She is currently completing work as lead editor of “Geographies of the Holocaust,” a collection of essays issuing from the interdisciplinary Holocaust Historical GIS project.

Visualizing places, movement, and spatial relations has become a prevalent theme in the digital humanities. Such visualizations are inherently, of not explicity, geographical, yet geographers have not generally been in the vanguard of this exciting new vein of scholarship. This presentation argues that geographers have a key role to play as masters of geovisual methods and as scholars with long practice in applying geographic imagination to research questions. Examples will come primarily from collaborative research among geographers, historians, and cartographers on the geographies of the Holocaust.