Exploring approaches to maps, aerial photographs and spatial statistics
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide a wide variety of opportunities for historical research. Gathering, exploring and visualizing large amounts of data, GIS open new perspectives on the spatial dimensions of history. At the same time, debates about the methodological frameworks and challenges of using GIS in the humanities are at high tide. Driven by the impulses of Critical Geography and Critical Cartography, the debates focus on the reliability and comparability of sources that were produced decades or even centuries ago, as well as the concepts and categories which are applied to phenomena of different time periods and regional contexts.
Taking up the challenge, the Herder Institute invites young scholars to present their own research projects at a workshop in Marburg.