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Clancy Wilmott: Green Parks, Red Dust: Maps, Visual Imperialism and the Cartographic imagination

Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Critical Cartographer Clancy Wilmott @clancywilmott recasts maps as geometries of power which carry out a form of visual imperialism. 

Part of our daily line of sight, maps have a long history of assisting in territorial claims, from the first colonial World Atlas to GPS: The mere fact of representation of a territory enacts a fundamental claim to that territory. What bias is encoded in our daily maps, and what cartographic alternatives are geographers researching to ask new questions about land, emphasizing ecological justice, displacement, and embodied practices. 

In her lecture, Wilmott will build on research from her book Mobile Mapping, the first in-depth discussion of how specific geographical and historical conditions shape the way in which we read, work and leverage mobile phone maps in daily life. She will discuss the importation of particular cartographic aesthetics from imperial centres to peripheral landscapes, from the British Empire to Google Maps, and the various visual productions and resistances that appear (including counter mapping, hand-drawn maps and art).

Clancy Wilmott is Assistant Professor in the Geography Department and research interests include: critical cartography; media geographies; critical GIS and data studies; cultural memory and landscape; politics of representation, textuality and visuality; digitalities, lived, made and inherited.

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