ANTH355 - MAPPING FOR SOC JUSTICE

Maps have been used for purposes as varied as imperial exploration, territorial demarcation, state governance, and personal navigation. While they are often discussed as representations of the world, they also help to produce that world. In this course, we will focus on the productive capacity of maps, both theoretically and practically. With regard to theory, we will explore maps imbrication in the projects of capitalism and colonialism; their role in the creation of new socio-spatial relations; and their ability to mobilize political commitments. We will linger in particular on how maps have helped to document and generate global cities, and on the material and symbolic dimensions of digital maps as compared to analog ones. With regard to practice, we will learn the technical skills necessary to produce our own digital maps (using ArcGIS), and work collaboratively with a Philadelphia-based social justice organization to design and address a research question using our GIS skills. Students will leave the class having developed a critical and historical perspective on mapmaking, mastered technical skills in ArcGIS, and designed and executed a GIS project with a local social justice organization. The course is intended for students who are interested in: a) the politics of representing and creating space and place; and b) expanding their technical toolkit to see how digital methods like GIS can (and cant) be used in the service of social justice. Class will meet twice a week: one 90-minute seminar and one 120-minute GIS lab (we will work with ArcGIS and Esri Story Maps). No prior knowledge of GIS is necessary. This course counts for the Digital Humanities minor.
Section 101 - LAB - MAPPING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
W 0200PM-0400PM
POGGIALI, LISA
Section 301 - SEM - MAPPING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
M 0200PM-0330PM
POGGIALI, LISA