Summer 2022 Public Humanities Micro-Credential:
Mapping as Storytelling
Taught by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
Application available here: https://forms.gle/eJnEoCspKxMLwGqJA
This micro-credential, which is limited to 8 graduate students, will meet on Zoom. The application is due by Monday May 9th and students will be notified by the week of May 16th.
Here are the dates of the four Zoom meetings. All meetings are from 11am to 1pm:
Thursday May 26 – The Map and the Territory: Introductions
Thursday June 2 – Guest lecture and discussion with Garnette Cadogan (urbanist, essayist, and editor-at-large, Nonstop Metropolis)
Thursday June 9 – Guest lecture and meeting with Molly Roy (chief cartographer, Nonstop Metropolis)
Thursday June 16 – Tactics and tales: mapping our own projects, cities, and lives
Required text: Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro (Copies will be provided. Please contact the Public Humanities program manager Jake Gagne at email@example.com. Shorter texts and supplemental readings to be distributed online.)
In this micro-credential, we will explore the power of mapping to illuminate history, uncover untold stories, and help us reimagine the places that shape us—and what’s possible—in new ways. Using Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s “infinite” atlas” of New York City as prompt and guide, we will consider the theory and practice of radical cartography, and how GIS and digital technologies have in recent years revolutionized cartographic practice (for better and for worse). We will examine the many enriching roles that spatial analyses, and a geographic lens, can play in projects tied to the public humanities. We will investigate the myriad ways that “a sense of place,” even in our globalizing age, remains crucial to human beings. And we will consider the ways that scholars and public thinkers in a range of disciplines—from literature to urban planning, history to sociology, ethnic studies to the plastic arts—can use maps to at once hone and amplify the stories we want our work to tell.
Over the course of the workshop the group will:
- Explore critical issues in the craft and practice of modern map-making, and consider the manifold uses of spatial and geographic analyses for scholars in the humanities today.
- Learn about the evolution of radical cartography, “counter-mapping,” and how new technologies have changed the mapmakers craft.
- Nurture critical tactics for improving our own scholarly and creative projects, and the stories we want to tell in public, with maps.