Spatial Humanities: Exploring GIS IN THE HUMANITIES | College of Arts

Spatial Humanities: Exploring GIS IN THE HUMANITIES

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Quin Shirk-Luckett    University of Guelph

Teresa Lewitsky        University of Guelph



How can spatial exploration and mapping help you develop new understandings and unique perspectives of fictional and historical material?   Everything happens some-where. The concept of space can range from simple, to complex and relativistic.

Researchers can turn their bits of paper into bytes of data and create digitized versions of previously analog artefacts of history and culture.  Subjected to spatial analysis, many artefacts reveal new ways to engage with the information revealing new patterns, trends and understanding that have previously been hidden.

Not surprisingly there has been a steady uptake amongst academics within the Humanities in the usage of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in their research.  The results of which have been visually powerful and in many cases offer new perspectives on long studied topics.

This hands-on workshop is for participants who are interested in visualizing their research in a spatial way.

Intended Audience:

Those who want to try out GIS, get started on a project that uses GIS, or learn more about analysis in GIS.