From Ptolemy to modern GPS positioning, maps encode the knowledge of their times and reflect how this knowledge changes. They are conceptual tools which are used across disciplines, for exploring and measuring the world (anthropology) as objectified power (history and cultural studies), tracking the development and spread of diseases (epidemiology) and as a framework for understanding the flow of people, networks, and objects across landscapes (migration studies). With the map as the conceptual and practical focus, this course will examine the ways in which maps are used in these fields, and ask how maps can be used to express knowledge, shape perceptions, and reflect advancements. It is designed to enable participants from a variety of disciplines to develop their ability to think spatially, to develop narratives and mapping methodologies, and to consider the intersections between space and representation.
This course is open to both Bachelor’s and Master’s students from all disciplines. The course involves hands-on research, theoretical enquiries and an outreach component which will include walking tours, visits to museum and library collections and guest lectures. As a final project, participants will create a detailed map which can be used to investigate and represent a knowledge type of their choice.