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Charles Travis, University of Texas, Arlington.

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Dr. Charles Travis was awarded a PhD in Historical-Cultural Geography from Trinity College Dublin in 2006. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Geography / GIS / Digital Humanities with the department of history at the University of Texas, Arlington, and Visiting Research Fellow with the School of Histories and Humanities at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of Abstract Machine: Humanities GIS (Esri Press, 2015) and co-editor with Alexander von Lunen of The Digital Arts and Humanities: Epistemologies, Considerations and Reflections (Springer Press, 2016) which is a follow up to their co-edited work History and GIS: Epistemologies, Considerations and Reflections (Springer Press, 2012). He has also published Literary Landscapes of Ireland: Geographies of Irish Stories, 1929-1946 (Mellen Press: 2009). Charles is editorial board member of the journal Literary Geographies and has published in various collections in addition to the international peer reviewed journals Annals of the Association of American Geographers, International Journal of GIScience, Humanities, City, Historical Geography, Aether: Media Geographies and the International Journal of Arts and Humanities Computing. Charles was also awarded an MA in Geography & Planning (University of Toledo), an MA in Mass Communication (Bowling Green State University) and a BA in Psychology (University of Toledo). He was the recipient of a Broad Curriculum Scholarship from Trinity (2005-2006) and an MA Tuitionship from Toledo (1997-1998). His PhD thesis from Trinity, "Lifeworlds: Literary Geographies in 1930s Ireland" built upon his fieldwork-based MA thesis from Toledo, "Borderlands: A Poetic Hermeneutic on the Cultural Morphology of the Northern Irish Landscape." His research specialties concern the human dimensions of global climate change, the historical, cultural and environmental geographies of early twentieth century Ireland, and the development of Digital and Environmental Humanities Geographical Information Systems (GIS) methodologies and applications. Charles' digital cartography can be found on his TCD Digital Humanities post-doctoral (2008-2010) fellowship project: "Digital Literary Atlas of Ireland, 1922-1949" and "NorFish Story Map" (2016).


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Research Interests

Ecocriticism - literary geography - culture and environment of early twentieth century Ireland - Geographical Information Systems.


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Selected Publications

Travis, C. (2011) ABSTRACT MACHINE - Geographical Information Systems for Literary and Cultural Studies: 'Mapping Kavanagh', International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 4 (1-2), 17-37.

Long, T. and Travis, C. (2010) A Relay of Joy: An Artist and a Geographer Reflect upon Cybernetic Assemblies and an Embodied Digital Media Geography of Spatkapitalismus, Aether: The Journal of Media Geography, 6, 66-87.

Travis, C. (2009) Literary Landscapes of Ireland: Geographies of Irish Stories, 1929-1946. New York: Mellen Press.

Travis, C. (2009) The 'Historical Poetics' of Kate O'Brien's Limerick: a critical literary Geography of Saorstát Èireann and the 1937 Bunreacht na hÉireann Plebiscite, Irish Geography, 42 (3), 323-341.

Travis, C. (2008) Beyond the Cartesian Pale: Travels with Samuel Beckett, 1928-1946, Historical Geography, 36, 73-93.

Travis, C. (2008) Rotting Townlands: Peadar O’Donnell, and the Politics of Representation in Saorstát na hÉireann (Irish Free State) 1929-1933, Historical Geography, 36, 203-224.

Travis, C. (2006) Lifeworlds: Literary Geographies in 1930s Ireland. Unpublished PhD Thesis. Department of Geography, University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Travis, C. (2005) Beyond the Cartesian Imagination: Placing Beckett, In: Harte, L, Whelan, Y. and Crotty, P. (eds.), Ireland: Space, Text, Time. Dublin: The Liffey Press.

Travis, C. (2001-2) Heart of Darkness Redux, Journal of Postgraduate Research, 2, 1-18.

Travis, C. (2001) The Fifth Province: Seamus Heaney and the Reinterpretation of the Cultural Morphology of Border County Ireland, The California Geographer, 41.

Travis, C. (2000) Through the Cyclops’s Eye: Seamus Heaney, Brian Friel and the Fifth Province of Ireland, Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Letters and Life, 7. Available here.