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Humanities 2015, 4(3), 457-475; doi:10.3390/h4030457

Glas Journal: Deep Mappings of a Harbour or the Charting of Fragments, Traces and Possibilities

Department of Geography, Maynooth University, Rhetoric House, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland
Academic Editor: Les Roberts
Received: 3 June 2015 / Revised: 17 August 2015 / Accepted: 2 September 2015 / Published: 18 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Deep Mapping)
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Abstract

With reference to a hybrid ethnographic project entitled Glas Journal (2014–2016), this article invites readers to reflect on the cultural mapping of spaces we intimately inhabit. Developed with the participation of local inhabitants of Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Ireland, Glas Journal seeks to explore the maritime environment as a liminal space, whereby the character of buildings and an area’s economic implications determine our relationship to space as much as our daily spatial rhythms and feelings of safety. Deep mapping provides the methodological blueprint for Glas Journal. In order to create a heteroglossic narrative of place and belonging, I will contextualise the project with references to seminal works in the visual arts, literature, film and geography that emotionally map spaces. Chronotopes of the threshold will be used to elaborate on spatial and cultural phenomena that occur when crossings from public to private and interior to exterior take place. Touching upon questions such as “What is a space of protection?”, “Who am I in it?”, and “Who is the Other?”, this article traces forms of liquid mapping that do not strive to conquer but rather to gain insight into the inner landscapes that are reflected in outer space. View Full-Text
Keywords: interdisciplinary border crossings; cultural landscapes; everyday life; psycho-geography; place-making and belonging interdisciplinary border crossings; cultural landscapes; everyday life; psycho-geography; place-making and belonging
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Loeffler, S. Glas Journal: Deep Mappings of a Harbour or the Charting of Fragments, Traces and Possibilities. Humanities 2015, 4, 457-475.

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