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A Note on This Schedule

I tend to view course reading assignments as a way to document and cite the origins of my own lines of thought on particular topics; that being said, in some cases I may assign readings that are relatively new to me, or works that run counter to my own thoughts but are otherwise of interest. I have also assigned material that I hope will generally inform your thinking in relation to major course assignments. I will explain my motivations for assigning particular readings in class via Slack.

“Further Reading” sections document additional links that came up in class responses and discussion, introduced by myself or by students in the course.

Page last updated February 14, 2021

Week One: Spatial Histories, Spatial Humanities

What is Spatial History?” (Richard White, Spatial History Project, Stanford University, 2010)

What Is The Spatial Turn?” (Jo Guldi, Spatial Humanities. Scholars’ Lab. 2009-2010)

The Spatial Turn in History” (Jo Guldi, Spatial Humanities. Scholars’ Lab. 2009-2010)

Post-It Note City” (Shannon Mattern, Places Journal, February 2020)

Living Nations, Living Words (Joy Harjo et al, Library of Congress, 2020)

New York Times R&D

Further Reading

What’s Next: The Radical, Unrealized Potential of Digital Humanities” (Miriam Posner, Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016, University of Minnesota Press)

Week Two: Mapping

Where Are We? The Method of Mapping with GIS in Digital Humanities” (Jen Jack Gieseking, American Quarterly 70.3, September 2018)

Lying With Maps” (Eric DeLuca and Sara Nelson, Mapping, Society, and Technology, University of Minnesota Libraries, 2017)

Mapping A Slave Revolt: Visualizing Spatial History through the Archives of Slavery” (Vincent Brown, Social Text 33.4, 2015)

Mapping The Digital Empire: Google Earth and the Process of Postmodern Cartography” (Jason Farman, New Media and Society 12.6, 2010)

Mapping Racism and Assessing The Success of The Digital Humanities” (Sarah Emily Bond, History From Below, October 2017; originally published in Forbes)

Digital Maps and Social Data” (Seth Long, Techna Verba Scripta, 2013)

Further Reading

The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes” (Andrew Kahn and Jamelle Bouie, Slate, June 25, 2015)

Climate Scientist Gives Talk about Richmond’s Heat Islands” (Hunter Moyler, The Collegian, April 23, 2019)

Mapping Inequality (Robert K. Nelson et al)

Mapping Violence Syllabus (Monica Martinez, Jim McGrath, and Edwin Rodriguez, Spring 2020)

Radical Cartography Now Symposium (Brown University, Fall 2020)

Smith Maps” (Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, n.d.)

Strava Fitness App Can Reveal Military Sites, Analysts Say” (Richard Pérez-Peña and Matthew Rosenberg, The New York Times, January 29, 2018)

Torn Apart / Separados (Various contributors)

Week Three: The Privatization of Public Space

“Occupy Wall Street: Harvesting The Salt of The Earth” (Manuel Castells, Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in The Internet Age, Polity Press, 2015 ed.; read at least 159-181)

Occupying Wall Street: Places and Spaces of Political Action” (Jonathan Massey and Brett Snyder, Places Journal, September 2012)

New York City’s Privately-Owned Public Spaces” (NYC Department of City Planning, n.d.)

“The Los Angeles Urban Rangers, Trailblazing the Commons.” (Stephanie LeMenager, American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons, Routledge, 2013)

Los Angeles Urban Rangers

Eyes In The Sky: Drones At Standing Rock And The Next Frontier of Human Rights Video” (Sara Rafsky, Witness Project, November 2017)

Further Reading

#HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice (Moya Bailey, Brooke Foucault-Welles, and Sarah Jackson, MIT Press, 2020)

Cell Phone Craze has Italy Humming” (Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times, August 5, 1999)

Coverage of Occupy Boston and Occupy Northeastern in The Huntington News (Northeastern University, 2011)

Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of The Internet (Lisa Nakamura, University of Minnesota Press, 2007)

Drone Warriors: The Art of Surveillance and Resistance at Standing Rock” (Adrienne Keene and Gregory Hitch, Edge Effects, November 7, 2019)

Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of The Motor Age in The American City (Peter D. Norton, MIT Press, 2011)

Instant Gramification” (99% Invisible, June 16, 2020)

The IRL Fetish” (Nathan Jurgenson, The New Inquiry, June 28, 2012)

The Lost History of Yellowstone” (Richard Grant and Andrew Geiger; Smithsonian Magazine, January / February 2021)

Malcolm Gladwell on “slacktivism” (The New Yorker, September 27, 2010)

Preservation’s Existential Crisis” (Marisa Brown, Preservation Leadership Forum, June 18, 2020)

Projecting Political Messages on Buildings is This Group’s Genius Form of Activism” (Laura Pitcher, Observer, August 28, 2018)

TAGS (Twitter Archiving Google Sheet, Martin Hawksey)

Trump Slashes Size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Monuments” (Julie Turkewitz, The New York Times, December 4, 2017)

Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest (Zeynep Tufekci, Yale University Press, 2017)

The Walkman Effect” (Wikipedia article on Shuhei Hosokawa’s 1984 essay)

Why Can’t We Take Pictures in Art Museums?” (Carolina A. Miranda, ARTnews, May 13, 2013)

Wynwood Walls

Week Four: Digital Contexts for Hyperlocal History

“Design Practices: Nothing About Us Without Us” (Sasha Costanza-Chock, Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need, MIT Press, 2020)

Lessons on Public Humanities from the Civic Sphere” (Wendy F. Hsu, Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016, University of Minnesota Press)

Mapping Segregated Histories of Racial Violence” (Monica Muñoz Martinez, American Quarterly 70.3, September 2018)

Social Maps” (Melinda Kernik and Sara Nelson, Mapping, Society, and Technology, University of Minnesota Libraries, 2017)

For Local News, Americans Embrace Digital but Still Want Strong Community Connection” (Pew Research Center, March 2019)

Hyperlocal History Projects

Week Five: “Site Visits”

Reviews in Digital Humanities

New NEH Office of Digital Humanities Awards (December 2020)

Week Six: The Spatial Dimensions of Curation

Museums in the digital space — some reflections on online exhibitions” (Kajsa Hartig, Medium, June 2019)

on immersion and interactivity” (Seb Chan, Medium, May 2019; revision of talk given at the 2019 Museums and The Web conference)

Towards open museums: The interconnection of digital and physical spaces in open environments” (Alain Dupuy, Brigitte Juanals, Jean-Luc Minel, Museums and The Web 2015)

A Guide to Exhibit Development” (Smithsonian, n.d.)

Exploring The Digital Ruins of Second Life” (Joe Veix, Digg, May 2018)

A+D (Architecture and Design Museum)

Week Seven: Moving in (Digital and Augmented) Space(s): Tours and Other Metaphors

Week Eight: R&D (Research Week)

Week Nine: Smart Cities

Week Ten: Open Worlds

Week Eleven: Vacant Spaces

Week Twelve: Hyperlocal Storytelling Projects

Week Thirteen: Spatial Humanities Lab Notebook Debriefs