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Creating Spatial Historical Knowledge Conference Keynote Lecture

October 20, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the German Historical Institute for the Keynote Lecture of the First Annual GHI Conference on Digital Humanities and Digital History–Creating Spatial Historical Knowledge: New Approaches, Opportunities and Epistemological Implications of Mapping History Digitally.

“Towards a Spatial Narrative of the 1935 Harlem Riot: Mapping and Storytelling after the Geospatial Turn”

By Stephen Robertson
Professor at George Mason University and Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History & New Media

This paper considers spatial narrative as form of digital scholarship, and particularly as a means of building arguments and interpretations from the maps combining and displaying sources that have proliferated with the expansion of web-based mapping. I explore the process of shaping a narrative of the 1935 Harlem Riot based on Year of the Riot, a deep map of the Harlem neighborhood developed as an extension of the award-winning Digital Harlem project. A riot offers a particularly rich example for exploring the possibility of spatial narrative: an event that, while beginning at an identifiable origin, spirals out in multiple directions and changes over time in ways that expose the limitations of the existing linear web-based story-map authoring platforms.

To attend, reserve a free ticket on this page. These tickets guarantee admittance to the lecture but do not reserve a specific seat in the lecture hall. If you need a reserved seat for accessibility reasons, please contact Ms. Melanie Smaney at the number below.
Reception begins at 6:00 pm. The lecture starts promptly at 6:30.

Please contact Ms. Melanie Smaney with any questions or concerns at 202-387-3355.


October 20, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


German Historical Institute


German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC, DC 20009 United States
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