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Humanities 2016, 5(1), 5; doi:10.3390/h5010005

Deep Mapping and Spatial Anthropology

Department of Communication and Media, School of the Arts, University of Liverpool, 19 Abercromby Square, Liverpool L69 4ZG, UK
Academic Editor: Albrecht Classen
Received: 7 January 2016 / Revised: 7 January 2016 / Accepted: 11 January 2016 / Published: 14 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Deep Mapping)

Abstract

This paper provides an introduction to the Humanities Special Issue on “Deep Mapping”. It sets out the rationale for the collection and explores the broad-ranging nature of perspectives and practices that fall within the “undisciplined” interdisciplinary domain of spatial humanities. Sketching a cross-current of ideas that have begun to coalesce around the concept of “deep mapping”, the paper argues that rather than attempting to outline a set of defining characteristics and “deep” cartographic features, a more instructive approach is to pay closer attention to the multivalent ways deep mapping is performatively put to work. Casting a critical and reflexive gaze over the developing discourse of deep mapping, it is argued that what deep mapping “is” cannot be reduced to the otherwise a-spatial and a-temporal fixity of the “deep map”. In this respect, as an undisciplined survey of this increasing expansive field of study and practice, the paper explores the ways in which deep mapping can engage broader discussion around questions of spatial anthropology.
Keywords: deep map; spatial humanities; GIS; psychogeography; site-specific; performance; ethnography; embodiment; non-representational deep map; spatial humanities; GIS; psychogeography; site-specific; performance; ethnography; embodiment; non-representational
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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