2016-2017 Events

CCHS Distinguished Visiting Speaker

Digital Mapping as Humanities Practice

Mark Olson, Duke University

Thursday, September 15 @ 4pm, Bingham Humanities Bldg. Room 100

Digital mapping is a powerful and popular toolkit in digital humanities. Mark Olson will introduce a range of techniques and technologies that reflect the current state of the art. What kinds of humanities questions do these tools enable and sustain? Olson will invite discussion on some of the epistemological implications of mapping-as-method.

Mark Olson is Cordelia and William Laverack Family Assistant Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. He teaches courses on media (new & old - theory, practice, & history) and medicine & visual culture. As a extension of his past work with the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media & Learning Initiative, he collaborates on the development of a new interdisciplinary project that connects the study of the material culture of art history, architecture and archaeology with new media modes of representation and visualization. Olson is the former Director of New Media & Information Technologies for HASTAC (Humanties, Arts, Sciences & Technology Advanced Collaboratory) and the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary & International Studies.

Presented by the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society

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