Multiscalar Spaces: Deep Mapping the Lake District with Literary Geographic Information System (GIS)
The Lab, Level 2 of the Digital Studio
Arts West, West Wing
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For many scholars in literary studies, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) continue to seem antithetical to the nuanced close reading of individual texts that characterises the discipline. Reporting on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘Geospatial Innovation in the Digital Humanities: A Deep Map of the English Lake District’ (2015-18), this seminar will explore how GIS might be used, to adapt Matthew Jockers’s term, for microanalysis. It will offer an overview of the challenges faced in using GIS for literary study, and explore how the ‘Geospatial Innovation’ project combated some of these issues.
The seminar will suggest that a literary approach to mappable data might help uncover experiential meaning in digital projects in ways that situate humanists more centrally in a digital world.
Image: Geospatial Innovation project, Lancaster University and Leverhulme Trust