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Hi all

Please see the CFP for the third Hestia workshop below.




From: Elton.Barker [Elton.Barker@OPEN.AC.UK]

Sent: 20 February 2014 15:28

Subject: CfP - Telling stories with maps: the geoweb, qualitative GIS and narrative mapping, Hestia2 @Birmingham, 30 April 2014

Dear all,

<Apologies for cross posting>

Telling stories with maps: the geoweb, qualitative GIS and narrative mapping

Digital Humanities Hub, University of Birmingham, 30 April 2014

Call for papers

We are inviting contributions to this one-day workshop, organized as part of the AHRC-funded Hestia2 initiative – a public engagement project based on the spatial reading and visualizing of texts ( Among other activities, Hestia2 includes a seminar series aimed at exploring the different ways in which humanistic approaches to data visualization challenge and transform existing mapping practices. The first two seminars covered network analysis techniques and digital representations of data, respectively; this third seminar of the series will examine the specific role of GIS in mapping texts of different kinds.

As Caquard (2013, 135) has noted, there has been considerable interest in ‘the relationship between maps and narratives’, especially in the context of the spatial turn among literary and film scholars.  In many ways this field is being driven by technological innovation, particularly the rise of easy-to-use online mapping tools developed by companies like Google to exploit location-based data; everyone can now map their story.  Nonetheless, the standard critique of GIS is that it replicates a Cartesian, positivist conception of the world through allocating geospatial coordinates to objects.  This brings the temptation to ignore a technology closely associated with domination and control, to see mapping purely as metaphor rather than geospatial ‘grid’.  Geographers, particularly those working in critical and qualitative GIS (e.g. Cope and Elwood 2009) have dissected this critique and highlight the analytical potential of GIS for those interested in qualitative data.  Just what does it mean then, to use geospatial technologies to map people’s stories?

This one-day workshop seeks contributions exploring the intersection of GIS technologies and qualitative data, in particular text and storytelling.  Themes include but are not limited to:

-       Participatory GIS in narratives of community

-       Co-construction and GIS

-       The spatial turn and GIS

-       Storytelling and the geoweb

-       GIS and temporality

-       Network analysis and GIS

-       GIS and literary mapping

Abstracts of up to 250 words should be emailed to Phil Jones ( or Stefan Bouzarovski ( by 14 March 2014.

best wishes,



Caquard S 2013 Cartography I: mapping narrative cartography Progress in Human Geography 37;1 135-144

Cope M and Elwood S (eds.) 2009 Qualitative GIS: a mixed methods approach Sage, London


Elton Barker, Reader in Classical Studies, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

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