Mapping Indigenous History: From GIS to Digital Sketch Maps and Information Graphics
Jeremy M. Mikecz
USC Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Allan Hancock Foundation (AHF) B57J
My research on the Spanish invasion of Inka Peru blends ethnohistory with the digital and spatial humanities. Ethnohistory — the historical study of indigenous peoples and others commonly marginalized by traditional histories – often involves reading ‘between the lines’ of colonial texts and the piecing together of fragmentary indigenous texts. This presentation will highlight some ways digital methods can aid in this effort. In particular, I will describe how I combine data visualizations, historical GIS, and digital “sketch maps” to reconstruct historical indigenous activity and spaces. In placing indigenous people and activity back on the map, the ultimate goal is to reconsider the role of native actors in shaping the colonial, and by extension, the modern world.
October 16, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm