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Irish Research Council New Foundation Award

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18 JUNE 2015



WORKSHOP (12.00-5.00 pm)

  • Podcast: June 2015 Irish Research Council funded "Networking the Digital Environmental Humanities Workshop" and public lecture delivered by Professor David Bodenhamer (Indiana University-Purdue) Beyond GIS: The Spatial Humanities, Deep Maps, and Spatial Narratives



This Podcast also appears on the Trinity College Dublin Environmental Humanities web page, and the Ant, Spider, Bee digital environmental humanities web page of the Rachel Carson Center, Munich Germany. In addition, a transcript of the proceedings will be recorded, transcribed and edited to form a chapter in the forthcoming text The Digital Arts and Humanities: Neogeography, Social Media and Big Data Integrations and Applications (Springer Press: 2016), edited by Alexander von Lünen and Charles Travis.


"Digital environmental humanities - What is it and why do we need it?"

Professor Poul Holm (Trinity College Dublin) Workshop Keynote (12 pm)


12.00-1.00 pm (Session 1) Digital Environmental Humanities Overview

  • Professor Poul Holm (Trinity College Dublin) "Digital environmental humanities - What is it and why do we need it?" (Workshop Keynote)
  • Alexander von Lünen (University of Huddersfield) “We are reading time in space” – Or: the end of history?
  • Charles Travis (Trinity College Dublin) The digital environmental humanities and GIS: Discursive, Cultural and Social Media Integration

1.00-1.30 pm: Lunch

1.30- 2.30 pm (Session 2) Deep Maps, Narratives and Heritage

  • David Bodenhamer (Polis Center, Indiana University Purdue) Connecting Material and Metaphorical Space: Deep Maps and Environmental History
  • Mads Haar (Trinity College Dublin) Literary Play: Locative Game Mechanics and Narrative Techniques for Cultural Heritage
  • Theresa O'Connor (Skellig Foundation) Joyce’s Brain Atlas: A Deep Map of the Anthropocene and a Roadmap for the Environmental Humanitie

2.30-3.10 pm (Session 3) Educational and Ethical Considerations

  • Annaleigh Margey (Dundalk Institute of Technology) Moving from Digital Creation to the Classroom: Utilising the 1641 Depositions as a Pedagogical Tool
  • Francesco De Pascale (Department of Languages and Educational Sciences, University of Calabria) Geoethics and neogeographical education in an interdisciplinary study

3.10-3.30 pm: Break

3.30-4.30 pm (Session 4) Ireland and the Digital Environmental Humanities

  • Mary Kelly (Kingston University London): Mapping correspondence on famine and famine relief in Ireland, 1845-1846
  • Rachel Murphy (University College Cork) Digital approaches to the study of landholding in Ireland
  • Hannah Smyth (Trinity College Dublin) The Forgotten Majority: Mapping the Civilian Casualties of the 1916 Rising

4.30-5.00 pm: Discussion & Wrap Up.



"Beyond GIS: The Spatial Humanities, Deep Maps, and Spatial Narratives," Professor David Bodenhamer (Indiana University Purdue)


  • Lecture overview: Geo-spatial technologies such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have transformed how the world is perceived and how cartographic (mapping) practices are conducted. But these tools are rooted in a positivist vision of the way the world is; they demand precise, measurable, abstract data. Although valuable for certain domains, they do not allow for a more complex understanding of the world as experience, expressed through emotions, values, poetics, memory, and other characteristics that define space as place. In other words these technologies largely fail to represent other ways of knowing. It is here where spatial humanities and the deep map, a new form for managing and visualizing information, become important, perhaps essential. The spatial humanities embrace the reciprocal relationship that exists between the material and metaphorical world, between geographic and constructed space. It fuses the humanities traditional focus on nuance, voice, experience, text, and images with the systematic approaches of spatial science, computer modeling, and virtual reality. A deep map is its primary expression, representing the dynamic linage of space, time, and culture. It is simultaneously a platform, a process, and a product. As platform, it is an environment embedded with tools to bring data into an explicit and direct relationship with space and time. As a process, it is a way to engage evidence within its spatio-temporal context and to trace paths of discovery that lead to a spatial narrative and ultimately a spatial argument. As product, it is the way we make visual the results of our enquiry and share the spatially-contingent narrative enabled by the deep map.
  • Biography: David J. Bodenhamer is (founding) Executive Director of The Polis Center and Professor of History at IUPUI. During his tenure, the Polis Center has developed over 500 projects and a wide array of local, national, and international partnerships, with grant and contract funding of over $75 million. He has served as strategic and organizational consultant to universities, government agencies, and not-for-profit and faith-based organizations across the U.S. and in Europe. An active researcher, Bodenhamer is author or editor of twelve books and has published over 30 journal articles and chapters in books. He has made over 65 presentations to audiences on four continents on topics ranging from legal and constitutional history to the use of GIS and advanced information technologies in academic and community-based research. Bodenhamer’s work in the new field of spatial humanities includes The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship (Indiana University Press, 2010) and the forthcoming title, Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives (Indiana University Press, 2015), in addition to a number of published essays. Both books were developed with Professors John Corrigan (religious studies) and Trevor Harris (geography), his collaborators in the interdisciplinary Virtual Center for Spatial Humanities (VCSH), an institutional partnership among Florida State University, West Virginia University, and IUPUI. Bodenhamer serves as co-director of the VCSH, which he created with his Corrigan and Harris in 2008 to advance the field of spatial humanities. He also serves as co- general editor of the Indiana University Press Series on Spatial Humanities and co- editor of the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing (Edinburgh University Press).


Following Professor Bodenhamer's lecture there will be a launch and reception for the following titles.

  • Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives (Indiana University Press: 2015) edited by David J. Bodenhamer, John Corrigan, and Trevor M. Harris.

deep maps

  • Abstract Machine: Humanities GIS (Esri Press: 2015) by Charles Travis.




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