Abstract Machines: Humanities GIS

Abstract Machines: Humanities GIS

Charles B. Travis

Language: English

Pages: 154

ISBN: 2:00353714

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Preface: Abstract machine

Part 1: GIS and the digital humanities

1. Introduction
From Lascaux to the Sea of Tranquility
What is a GIS?
GIS and the digital humanities

2. Toward the spatial turn
A brief history of Western geographical thought
Post-structuralist perspectives
Deep mapping
GIS and the space of conjecture

3. Writing time and space with GIS: The conquest and mapping of seventeenth-century Ireland
Period, place, and GIS
Geovisualizing Irish history
Rebellion and conquest in 3D
Surveying the Cromwellian Settlement
William Petty and the Down Survey
From the ballybetagh to the barony
The Books of Survey and Distribution
Database mapping the Books
Visualizing the webs of history

Part 2: Writers, texts, and mapping

4. GIS and the poetic eye
Mapping Kavanagh
Bakhtinian GIS
Creating a digital dinnseanchas
Plotting the poetic eye

5. Modeling and visualizing in GIS: The topological influences of Homer’s Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno on James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922)
Joycean cartographies
Homer and Dante’s topologies
Modeling Ulysses
The topologies of Ulysses
Upper Hell
Middle of Hell (City of Dis)
Lower Hell
Visualizing a “new Inferno in full sail”

6. Psychogeographical GIS: Creating a “kaleidoscope equipped with consciousness,”
Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds (1939)
The novel as urban GIS
Spatializing At Swim-Two-Birds
Psychogeographical mapping with GIS
Vico-Bakhtin timespaces
Counter-cartographical GIS

7. Geovisualizing Beckett
Samuel Beckett’s GIStimeline
Geovisual narratology
Dublin-Paris, 1916–30
Beckett’s bottled climates
London, 1933–35
France, 1945–46
Bricolage and biography

Part 3. Toward a humanities GIS

8. The terrae incognitae of humanities GIS
The lost mapmaker
The map theater
The geographer’s science and the storyteller’s art

The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000-3500 BC

National Geographic (May 2015)

Oceans: A Scientific History of Oceans and Marine Life (Discovering the Earth)

Where Is the Brooklyn Bridge?

Geography For Dummies

Global Geographies of the Internet












were replaced, tenants were not. This created a combustible ethno-religious demographic mix. Under surrender and regrant agreements from the 1540s, Gaelic Chieftains renounced the Irish titles to their land in exchange for English titles under the protection of English Crown law. However, this was followed in 1586 and 1606 by the creation of two overtly colonial projects, the Munster and Ulster plantations. Distributing lands to settlers and natives loyal to the Crown, Ireland’s governors pursued

strong sense of place, perhaps the cadence of his walks through the hills and fields of Inniskeen Parish created rhythms and patterns that impressed themselves later in the spaces of his writing. In The Place of Writing (1989), the Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney observes, The usual assumption, when we speak of writers and place, is that the writer stands in some directly expressive or interpretative relationship to the milieu. He or she becomes a voice of the spirit of the region. The

with dynamic nodes of culture, linkages with different networks of knowledge, and new forms of thought and style. We can see in the GIS visualizations that a core space created by the collective dynamics of his urban pedestrian trajectories (figures 4.2 and 4.3) uprooted his earlier, centralized daily lifepath in Inniskeen, thereby freeing his poetic eye from the low horizons of Mucker to gaze on the kaleidoscopic streetscapes of his new urban milieu. GIS and the poetic eye   57 Plotting the

my uncle, attending in a perfunctory manner to the replies required by his talk. PSYCHOGEOGRAPHICAL GIS: CREATING A “KALEIDOSCOPE EQUIPPED WITH CONSCIOUSNESS,” FLANN O’BRIEN’S AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS (1939) 85 7.00. Return to bedroom and rest in darkness. 8.00. Continue resting or meet acquaintances in open thoroughfares or places of public resort. 11.00. Return to bedroom. Minutiae: No. Of cigarettes smoked, average 8.3; glasses of stout or other comparable intoxicant, av. 1.2; times to stool, av.

innovations using GIS and other cybernetic platforms. However, as Willard McCarthy recognizes, computational models produced by such efforts, “however finely perfected, are better understood as temporary states in a process of coming to know rather than fixed structures of knowledge.”5 McCarty reminds us that “for the moment and the foreseeable future, then, computers are essentially modeling machines, not knowledge jukeboxes.”6 Simply stated, GIS is not “geography in a box.” Like the Trojan

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