Call For Papers: Digital Geo-Humanities
Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers
Chicago, Ill. / April 21-25, 2015
The umbrella of the Digital Humanities has enabled the proliferation of a variety of sub-disciplines within: digital history, digital media studies, spatial humanities, distant reading, text mining, and information visualization being some of the more prominent. In each of these cases the real work happens when questions and sensibilities from a background in traditional humanities meet the power of computer processing. Geographers – through the practice of map making and spatial analysis – have been wielding digital, cartographic methods to address scientific as well as humanistic questions for a longer period than many of the disciplines that now comprise the Digital Humanities. However, because of the insights and advances made by those in the DH community, “doing digital geography” is gathering a new set of approaches, methods, questions, and possibilities to address human geographical issues beyond cartographic representation. While (interactive) cartography remains the most common way to express geographic thought digitally, other modes of communication (e.g. websites) and types of products (e.g. photographs) are becoming possible objects of concern as digital geography joins the broader discussion that DH has opened. Presentations of projects that offer examples of these new types of products, and papers that offer insight into the burgeoning sub-discipline of Digital Geo-Humanities are welcomed. Collectively, presentations in this session will seek common ground in defining a Digital Geo-Humanities, both as a tool and as a medium of communication for advancing geographical thought and practice. Presenters should be able to answer how the use of digital tools has generated new questions for human geography, or how it has addressed problems in novel ways.
This session is sponsored by the Cultural Geography Specialty Group and the Historical Geography Specialty Group of the AAG. It is possible that accepted papers could be invited to submit their papers to a special issue publication on Digital Geo-Humanities.
If you are interested in presenting a paper, or a project demonstration in this session, please submit an abstract (no more than 250 words, including images if you like) to Nicholas Bauch <firstname.lastname@example.org> by October 22, 2014.
Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, and the
Bill Lane Center for the American West