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The art and intentionality of what is and isn't there.

A map can only ever express that which was put on it.

I love maps. They are beautiful, artful, informative, and ridiculously powerful. Think about this: how would our modern world function without maps that delineate topography, climatic zones, property lines, national borders, transportation routes....

This post is forthcoming, after I do much more reading. Below are some links and readings that will be shaping my thinking.


This is Not an Atlas: Start here and definitely check out the mini-documentary!

Espaces Temps: Ordering the World through Maps and Figures

Making Maps: DIY Cartography: Resources and Ideas for Making Maps

Mapping Weird Stuff: A mix of psychology and geography

Segalo, P., Manoff, E., & Fine, M. (2015). Working With Embroideries and Counter-Maps: Engaging Memory and Imagination Within Decolonizing Frameworks. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 3(1), 342-364.

The Map Room Blog: Review of "The Art of Map Illustration". Haven't dug into it too much but the author is cognizant of theory behind maps.

My Reading List

Agarwal, P. (2005). Ontological considerations in GIScience. International Journal of Geographical Information Science. 19(5), 501-536.

Aitken, S.C., and Craine, J. (2009). Into the image and beyond: Affective visual geographies and GIScience. In M. Cope and S. Elwood (Eds). Qualitative GIS: A mixed methods approach. London: Sage.

Blue, G., Rosol, M., & Fast, V. (2019). Justice as Parity of Participation: Enhancing Arnstein’s Ladder Through Fraser’s Justice Framework. Journal of the American Planning Association, 85(3), 363–376.

Brown, G., and Raymond, C. (2014). Methods for identifying land use conflict potential using participatory mapping. Landscape and Urban Planning. 122, 196-208.

Brown, G., Sanders, S., & Reed, P. (2018). Using public participatory mapping to inform general land use planning and zoning. Landscape and Urban Planning, 177, 64–74.

Brown, G., & Kyttä, M. (2018). Key issues and priorities in participatory mapping: Toward integration or increased specialization? Applied Geography, 95, 1–8.

Brown, G., Reed, P., & Raymond, C. M. (2020). Mapping place values: 10 lessons from two decades of public participation GIS empirical research. Applied Geography, 116, 102156.

Bryan, J. (2011). Walking the line: Participatory mapping, indigenous rights, and neoliberalism. Geoforum, 42(1), 40–50.

Byrne, D., & Pickard, A. J. (2016). Neogeography and the democratization of GIS: a metasynthesis of qualitative research. Information, Communication & Society, 4462(February), 1–18.

Calvert, K., Jahns, R. (Submitted). Participatory Mapping and Spatial Planning for Renewable Energy Development: the case of ground-mount solar in rural Ontario.

Corbett, J. and Rambaldi, G. (2009). Geographic information technologies, local knowledge, and change. In M. Cope and S. Elwood (Eds). Qualitative GIS: A mixed methods approach. London: Sage

Dalton, C. M., & Stallmann, T. (2018). Counter‐mapping data science. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe Canadien, 62(1), 93–101.

Elwood, S. (2006). Critical Issues in Participatory GIS: Deconstructions, Reconstructions, and New Research Directions. Transactions in GIS, 10(5), 693–708.

Fagerholm, N., Eilola, S., Kisanga, D., Arki, V., & Käyhkö, N. (2019). Place-based landscape services and potential of participatory spatial planning in multifunctional rural landscapes in Southern highlands, Tanzania. Landscape Ecology, 34(7), 1769–1787.

Firth, R. (2014). Critical cartography as anarchist pedagogy? Ideas for praxis inspired by the 56a infoshop map archive. Interface : a journal for and about social movements. 16 (1), pp. 156-184.

Forrester, J., Cook, B., Bracken, L., Cinder, S., and Donaldson, A. (2015). Combining participatory mapping with Q-methodology to map stakeholder perceptions of complex environmental problems. Applied Geography. 56, 199-208.

Garcia-Martin, M., Fagerholm, N., Bieling, C. et al. (2017). Participatory mapping of landscape values in a Pan-European perspective. Landscape Ecology. 32, 2133–2150.

Goodchild, M. F. (2015). Two decades on: Critical GIScience since 1993. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe Canadien, 59(1), 3–11.

Harvey, F. (2018), Critical GIS: Distinguishing critical theory from critical thinking. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien, 62: 35-39.

Hunt, D., and Stevenson, S. A. (2017). Decolonizing geographies of power: indigenous digital counter-mapping practices on turtle Island. Settler Colonial Studies, 7(3), 372–392.

Kent, A.J. (2012). From a Dry Statement of Facts to a Thing of Beauty: Understanding Aesthetics in the Mapping and Counter-Mapping of Place. Cartographic Perspectives, 73, 39-60.

Kitchin, R., & Dodge, M. (2007). Rethinking maps. Progress in Human Geography, 31(3), 331–344.

Mekonnen, A. D., & Gorsevski, P. V. (2015). A web-based participatory GIS (PGIS) for offshore wind farm suitability within Lake Erie, Ohio. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 41(January 2015), 162–177.

McCall, M. (2006). Precision for whom? Mapping ambiguity and certainty in (Participatory) GIS. Participatory learning and action, 54, 114-119.

McCall, M. K., and Dunn, C. E. (2012). Geo-information tools for participatory spatial planning: Fulfilling the criteria for ‘good’ governance? Geoforum, 43(1), 81–94.

Muenchow, J., Schäfer, S. and Krüger, E. (2019) ‘Reviewing qualitative GIS research—Toward a wider usage of open-source GIS and reproducible research practices’, Geography Compass, 13(6), pp. 1–17.

Mukherjee, F. (2015). Public Participatory GIS. Geography Compass, 9(7), 384–394.

Müller, S., Backhaus, N., & Buchecker, M. (2020). Mapping meaningful places: A tool for participatory siting of wind turbines in Switzerland? Energy Research & Social Science, 69, 101573.

Nicolosi, E., French, J., and Medina, R. (2019). Add to the map! Evaluating digitally mediated participatory mapping for grassroots sustainabilities. The Geographical Journal, 186(2), 142– 155.

Perkins, C. (2009). Philosophy and mapping. In R. Kitchin and N. Thrift (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Volume One). Oxford: Elsevier.

Plieninger, T., Áargarð av Rana, H., Fagerholm, N., Ellingsgaard, G. F., Magnussen, E., Raymond, C. M., Olafsson, A. S., Verbrugge, L. N. H. (2018). Identifying and assessing the potential for conflict between landscape values and development preferences on the Faroe Islands. Global Environmental Change. 52, 162-180.

Schuurman, N. (2009). Critical GIScience in Canada in the new millennium. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien, 53, 139-144.

Suchan, T. A., and Brewer, C. A. (2000). Qualitative Methods for Research on Mapmaking and Map Use. The Professional Geographer, 52(1), 145–154.

Tullis, J. and Kar, B. (2020). Where Is the Provenance? Ethical Replicability and Reproducibility in GIScience and Its Critical Applications, Annals of the American Association of Geographers.


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