15 Dec 2021 17:00

Historical Cartography and Public History

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Seminars in Digital and Public Humanities

Seminars series organized by Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH), Department of Humanities, Ca’ Foscari University Venice Autumn Term, September-December 2021 - 5 p.m. CEST/CET - (The seminars will be held online as virtual events).

15 December 2021 - Arturo Gallia (Università Roma Tre), 'Historical Cartography and Public History'

The tools of Digital Humanities favor a multidisciplinary approach and, in the specific of historical-

geographical research, a strong interconnection between historical and spatial data. This connection is also made possible by following up on the interdisciplinary wishes proposed on several occasion by the school of Les Annales, first, and then by the Spatial Turn. Especially cartography is one of the iconographic media mostly used for the representation of historical phenomena and among the geo-historical documents it is the one that most lends itself to public use, outside the academic walls.

Taking up the lesson of Giovanni De Luna (2001), historical maps can be seen on a par with historical

document in its triple dimension: source, tool and agent. Focusing in principle on the peculiarities of the map-document, the intervention aims to highlight how historical cartography can be framed within the debate on Public History - but also in that on Public Geography - and be used not only as an iconographic kit, but as an important historical communication tool. Alongside theoretical reflections, it is also proposed to present some illustrative cases, proposing a reflection, finally, on the combination historical cartography / digital tools, with particular attention to the Historical GIS.


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The event will be held in English

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