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Digital Mapping Comes to Duke

On May 2-4, the Graduate School will join with the Wired! Working Group of the Franklin Humanities Institute and other sponsors to offer a hands-on training workshop on maps: Mapping Space and Time: Configuring Connections, Trade, and Travel, Past and Present. The workshop will take place in the Wired! Lab at Smith Warehouse (Duke University), with an opening reception and round-table discussion at the National Humanities Center on Thursday, May 2, at 5:00 p.m. Participants in this exciting new event, organized by Duke’s Wired! Group, will have the opportunity to learn new digital mapping tools and to think critically about how these methodologies can promote new forms of pedagogy, knowledge production, and dissemination. The three hands-on workshops represent an unprecedented opportunity for Duke graduate students from all departments to explore tools that can activate new interdisciplinary approaches to research.

The workshop will feature three guest scholars—Kelly Johnston (The Scholars’ Lab, University of Virginia), Nicole Coleman (Stanford Humanities Center) and Scott Arcenas (Department of Classics, Stanford University)—who have contributed to the development of innovative digital mapping tools and are equipped to teach our workshop attendees how to leverage digital mapping in their own work. Each guest will have half a day to introduce and train participants in their technology; the goal is to provide an introductory level of competence in each tool.

The workshop begins on Thursday evening at the National Humanities Center with a roundtable discussion between the invited guests and Mark Olson, Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at Duke University. A series of half-day workshops will begin on Friday May 3 at 9 am at the Wired! Lab. Johnston, Coleman and Arcenas will provide pre-registered workshop attendees with hands on tutorials on how to use tools such as Neatline, a program that helps scholars, students, and curators tell stories with maps and timelines and ORBIS, the Geospatial network of the Roman World.

The workshops are free and open to Duke Graduate students. All prospective participants will need to sign up for one or all of the session using the Wired! events page.

The sponsors whose generous support made this event possible are the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, the Department of Classical Studies Greater than Games Lab, The Graduate School, the Department of History, the Ph.D. Laboratory in Digital Knowledge, and the National Humanities Center.