Context

“Story maps”, “fictional cartography”, “narrative atlas” and “geospatial storytelling” are some of the terms that characterize the growing interest in the relationship between maps and narratives. Building upon the extensive work on literary geography, and on cartographic cinema a range of scholars in the humanities have endorsed mapping as a conceptual framework to improve our understating of narratives. Meanwhile, geographers and cartographers have recognized the importance of mapping personal stories and vernacular knowledge in order to better understand their contribution to the production of places. Examples of this fusion between maps and narratives range from GPS drawing, to walking as a way of addressing the performative nature of mapping, and from the political mapping of journeys and stories of illegal migrants crossing borders, to the mapping of very personal feelings and emotions. The relationship between maps and narratives is also reflected in the growing presence of personal and collective narratives on digital maps. With the extension of Web 2.0, any internet user can easily geo-tag places with stories and geocode journeys and narratives. These stories can be individual and anecdotal, as well as collective and deeply politicized[1].

This workshop aims to bring together artists, scholars and students from cartography, geography, the humanities and the arts interested in exploring further the relationships between maps and narratives. We would like to invite participants interested in discussing and debating any type of relationships between maps and narratives including:

– The theoretical underpinning of the relationships between maps, narratives and places;

–  The forms and functions of maps in/of fictions (e.g. in novel and films);

– The practices of mapping vernacular knowledge and personal stories;

– The political implications of narrative maps;

–  The technological and practical aspects of narrative cartography (e.g. the Geoweb).

[1] This paragraph is an excerpt from Caquard, S. (2013). Cartography I: Mapping Narrative Cartography, Progress in Human Geography 37(1) 135–144 (DOI: 10.1177/0309132511423796) (http://phg.sagepub.com/content/37/1/135).

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