In this course, we read, think, and write about maps: how we use them, how we make them, and the power they have to inform, to transform, and to shape how we understand our world. Readings include work on the significance of maps as visual representations of space and the authoritative power they can wield. We also read texts dealing with the history of cartography, as well as some travel literature and geographies, real and imagined. Our questions will explore the assumptions that underlie the making and using of maps. For instance: What gets included on maps? How are they oriented? What gets left out? Who makes the maps? How do maps sustain structures of power? And how and when can they be instruments of change? Students will use the theoretical work we read to create their own critical analyses of maps, and will also think and write analytically about the creation of maps and how maps are used.
- A new semester! August 26, 2018Campus is alive again! Summer flies by too quickly, and, as I prepare for the first day of classes tomorrow–how did that happen?–I wouldn’t decline the offer of an extra week. But as students fill the sidewalks, Seegers, even the … Continue reading →
- Fall 2018 Semester starting soon! August 9, 2018Only a few more days until we go into high gear for the Fall 2018 semester. Almost hard to believe during these hot, manky days of August that summer break is ending soon. But there are signs: sun rising a … Continue reading →
- A new semester! August 26, 2018