By Charles B. Travis
Preface: summary machine
Part 1: GIS and the electronic humanities
From Lascaux to the ocean of Tranquility
What is a GIS?
GIS and the electronic humanities
2. towards the spatial turn
A short historical past of Western geographical thought
GIS and the gap of conjecture
3. Writing time and house with GIS: The conquest and mapping of seventeenth-century eire
Period, position, 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
Creating a electronic dinnseanchas
Plotting the poetic eye
5. Modeling and visualizing in GIS: The topological impacts of Homer’s Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno on James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922)
Homer and Dante’s topologies
The topologies of Ulysses
Middle of Hell (City of Dis)
Visualizing a “new Inferno in complete sail”
6. Psychogeographical GIS: making a “kaleidoscope outfitted with consciousness,”
Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds (1939)
The novel as city GIS
Spatializing At Swim-Two-Birds
Psychogeographical mapping with GIS
7. Geovisualizing Beckett
Samuel Beckett’s GIStimeline
Beckett’s bottled climates
Bricolage and biography
Part three. towards a humanities GIS
8. The terrae incognitae of humanities GIS
The misplaced mapmaker
The map theater
The geographer’s technological know-how and the storyteller’s paintings
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Currently, humanities-influenced methodologies are taking GIS technology beyond the limits imposed by positivism. Examples include “deep-mapping” techniques and approaches that engage oral cultures and storyscapes, detect semiotic traces on landscapes, and provide experiential interfaces with virtual data and immersive geospatial environments. The writer William Least Heat Moon (William Trogdon) first conceptualized deep mapping as a vertical form of travel writing in his book PrairyErth (1991).
4 ArcScene topography of Cromwell’s campaign in 1649–50. By the author. 17 J. S. Wheeler summarizes that this mass redistribution of land profoundly shaped the course of the island’s history and demographics of its religious-political geography for centuries to come: The land settlement that grew out of the war also transformed Ireland and remains one of the defining memories of modern Irish consciousness . . On the part of Irish Catholics, confiscation, transplantation and the slaughter of Drogheda stand as symbols of English oppression and Irish suffering.
ArcScene provides a dynamic, iterative platform that historians can use to visualize and review data and sources, zoom in and out at different sites, and subsequently refine the trajectories of Cromwell’s campaign (as well as other military expeditions and historical events) at finer and more topographically relevant scales. 4 (Cromwell’s campaign in 1649–50) are visualizations of stills captured from ArcScene cinematically produced animations. The ability to model, visualize, and manipulate spatial scales using gaming and filmic techniques in GIS provides a powerful research tool; used in tandem with qualitative methods and critical theory, it can open research avenues and help probe the multiple perspectives of 3D spatialized histories.
Abstract Machines: Humanities GIS by Charles B. Travis