The Potential of Historical GIS and Spatial Analysis in the Humanities

“The Potential of Historical GIS and Spatial Analysis in the Humanities,” a presentation by S. Wright Kennedy

southernspaces.org/2017/potential-historical-gis-and-spatial-analysis-humanities
Published March 2, 2017

Digital mapping strategies and tools have the potential to reveal new insights into (and offer corrections of) accepted accounts of historical situations. S. Wright Kennedy illustrates this potential in four examples taken from his research: (1) how Atlanta’s historic streetcar routes reveal patterns of mobility as well as schemes of corruption; (2) the spread of the 1878 Memphis yellow fever epidemic; (3) slave mortality, ocean doldrums, and Dutch and British slaveship routes during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; and (4) the spaces of Rio de Janeiro’s urban development over its 350-year history. Kennedy concludes with a discussion of the benefits and limitations of historical GIS (Geographical Information Systems) projects. This video is an abridged version of the full presentation.

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