Tech and Text series on Maps and Mapmaking

September 11, 2018

Join us for the 2018-19 Tech and Text series on Maps and Mapmaking, which acknowledges the institutional use of the traditional unceded territories of the Three Fires Peoples — the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi. We commit to creating a space where we can collectively begin to challenge the representations and continuing impacts of colonial mapmaking.

This series is conceived as a discussion group to explore the technologies and texts of mapping our histories and everyday cultures. Our goal is to help you:

  • Develop familiarity and comfort with mapping tools and critical methods.
  • Find and build community around anti-colonial critiques and uses of mapmaking.
  • Explore pedagogical methods that integrate the texts and technologies of representing data.

Meetings will alternate between tech explorations and text-based discussions. Text discussions will include a brief introduction to assigned readings. Tech explorations will be an open format for experimentation and shared learning (please bring a laptop).

We meet every other Friday from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in Clark Library Instructional Space, located on the 2nd floor of the Hatcher Library. Meetings are open to everyone, at any skill level, and from any disciplinary background. Join us as you have time and interest, but please register for access to items that are not publicly available.

Detailed Fall 2018 Schedule

  • September 14, Tech: Representing Spatial Data in Databases
  • September 28, Text: Digital Mapping and its Antecedents
  • October 12, Tech: Social Explorer
  • October 26, Text: Counter-Mapping
  • November 9, Tech: QGIS - Joining Tables to Geography using QGIS
  • November 23, Thanksgiving Recess
  • December 7, Tech and Text: Reflections and Sharing

Participation in this series can count towards the practice-oriented requirement of the LSA Digital Studies Graduate Certificate. Participation can also help you develop content for a digital portfolio or related artifacts towards the Requirement ‘J’ of the CRLT Graduate Teacher Plus Certificate in Digital Media (GTC+).

If you have any questions about the series, contact Justin Joque (, Anne Cong-Huyen (, or Kush Patel (

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