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Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther, University of California, Santa Cruz

Thu April 21st 2016, 4:30pm
History Building Room 307

When Maps Become the World

Abstract: A simple street map can speak volumes. It can guide you to the museum, to the nearest park or to your friend's house. But who designed and produced your map? According to which data, techniques, and conventions, and for whom, was it made? In our mundane map use, we may not care to reflect on such questions. Map thinkers, however, include geographers, philosophers, historians, and others who analogize knowledge practices to mapping and maps. This book is a sustained exploration of map thinking: How are maps similar to – and constitutive of – our theoretical and practical knowledge? What does this tell us about how we build and use scientific representations? Which heuristic tools does pluralistic map thinking suggest for de-reifying abstractions and dichotomies?