Maps and mapping

I’d like to propose a session around questions of how mapping & design tools can help us both create and represent research on narratives and sociocultural structures whose impact is very real and significant but is often ‘naturalized’ as to be invisible. I can think, for example, of instances in which films and novels address how memory narratives are overlayed upon existing physical spaces, calling our attention to or intervening in the signification of these spaces. How could mapping tools help us visualize, analyze and communicate these intangible aspects of culture and society? How have maps been used to undermine or challenge certain intersections of narrative, power and place rather than to reinforce it in the “objective” tradition of mapping?

What is out there for mapping & presenting maps–or could be?

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About Erica Yozell

Associate Prof. of Spanish at Moravian College. Focus on contemporary Latin American literature.