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Mapping Home: Modalities of the cartographic negotiation of place
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7417-0414
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The presentation focuses on the role of digital cartography in negotiating the meaning of home. It is widely recognised that maps play an important role for the representation of place. It has also been argued that the advent of digital media has redistributed power relations involved in cartography, e.g. by making digital mapping tools easily accessible. As many examples have shown, the maps created with these tools can potentially challenge prevailing representations of place.

I take Jeremy Crampton's concept of "new spatial media" as my point of departure, but expand on its distinctive feature that "the public is gaining (some) access to the means of production of maps". The main question will be what "means of production" and "(some) access" actually means under digital conditions. By engaging with a seminal historical example – the "Guide psychogéographique de Paris“, created by Situationists Guy Debord und Asger Jorn in the 1950s, as well as the corresponding methodological concept of the "derivé" – I develop an analytical distinction between two modalities of mapping. Accumulative modes of mapping, it is argued with reference to Bruno Latour, reproduce categories established by "centres of calculation". In aggregative modes of mapping, on the other hand, the malleability and expandability of data collection takes centre stage, allowing for established categories to be challenged. Drawing on this terminology, several current examples of popular digital mapping services will be discussed in terms of their potential for negotiating the meaning of home.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
mapping, cartography, new spatial media, accumulation, aggregation
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Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75492OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-75492DiVA, id: diva2:1366786
Conference
Geomedia 2019. Revisiting the home. Karlstad, 7-10 May 2019
Available from: 2019-10-30 Created: 2019-10-30 Last updated: 2019-11-21Bibliographically approved

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