GEOG 381: Territory and Mapping


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GEOG 381: Territory and Mapping

  1. 1. TERRITORY & MAPPING Technologies of claiming spaceWednesday, 30 January, 13
  2. 2. Terra means land, earth, nourishment, sustenance; it conveys the sense of a sustaining medium, solid, fading of into indefiniteness. But the form of the word [Oxford English Dictionary] says, suggests that it derives from terrere, meaning to frighten, to terrorize. And Territorium is a “place from which people are warned”. Perhaps these two contending derivations continue to occupy territory today. To occupy a territory is to receive sustenance and to exercise violence. Territory is land occupied by violence. -William Connolly (1996, 144)Wednesday, 30 January, 13
  3. 3. THE TERRITORY OF TERRITORY Territory as a ‘noun’ (a thing, a place) Territory at a range of scales (the nation-state, the home, the office, Harbour Centre, Vancouver General Hospital, the Archdiocese of Toronto Signalled by meaningful boundaries (fences, checkpoints, ‘Bienvenue a Québec’, ‘Keep Out’)Wednesday, 30 January, 13
  4. 4. TERRITORY AS A THING Political space “Bounded social spaces that inscribes a certain sort of meaning onto defined segments of the material world” (Delaney 2005)Wednesday, 30 January, 13
  5. 5. TERRITORIES AT DIFFERENT SCALESWednesday, 30 January, 13
  6. 6. MARKING TERRITORYWednesday, 30 January, 13
  7. 7. TERRITORIALITY Refers more to the relationship between territories and Text some other social phenomena (racism, power, labour) Kowloon Walled City (China): The once most densely populated place in the worldWednesday, 30 January, 13
  8. 8. TERRITORIALITY Treats territory less as an inert ‘thing’ and more as an aspect of various dimensions of social life. Sidewalk utility markings designate space and produce a particular, specialized, technical meaning. (More on this later).Wednesday, 30 January, 13
  9. 9. TERRITORY AS A VERB Geographers talk of ‘deterritorializing’ and ‘reterritorializing’ (linking territory/territoriality to globalization) Verbs need subjects: who territorializes? What are the means by which we territorialize, what are territorializing practices?Wednesday, 30 January, 13
  10. 10. 99% INVISIBLE A podcast about design--with a focus on the little details 99% of us miss: the colour of money, old fashioned systems of trash removal, logo design and more. Above: Philadelphia’s LOVE Park and, Right: Techniques of Territoriality, or Anti- Skater ‘Bumpers’Wednesday, 30 January, 13
  11. 11. CLAIMING SPACE What approaches do we see utilized to claim space? Are some spaces claimed by more than one party? How do we legislate seemingly competing claims to space?Wednesday, 30 January, 13
  12. 12. MAPPING TERRITORY One way we make space is by representing space, a kind of representational power embedded in the technologies of GIS, mapping, and place-naming as techniques of spatial knowledge production.Wednesday, 30 January, 13
  13. 13. CALCULATION AND CONTROL Are maps predictive? Do they represent or do they perform a kind of reality about the relationship between people and space? How do maps produce legibility and visibility? Why is seeing important?Wednesday, 30 January, 13
  14. 14. PROJECTS OF VISIBILITY & LEGIBILITY The wide-open spaces of Brasilia are centred on projects of ‘state power’, property maps, house numberingWednesday, 30 January, 13
  15. 15. ALTERNATIVE MAPS CHALLENGE THE REPRESENTATIONAL POWER OF MAPS Map comparing the relative size Housing foreclosures in New of Europe/North Africa to North Haven, Connecticut (home of America. Yale University)Wednesday, 30 January, 13
  16. 16. ALTERNATIVE MAPS CHALLENGE THE REPRESENTATIONAL POWER OF MAPS Participatory renaming of streets The lines of the London in Cambridge, Massachusetts Underground as stitched on rice (home of Harvard University) paperWednesday, 30 January, 13
  17. 17. POP VS. SODAWednesday, 30 January, 13
  18. 18. RENDITION FLIGHTS Geographer and artist Trevor Paglen maps secret CIA rendition flights, the process by which detainees in the GWOT were shuffled to locales that legalize torture for interrogation. This map was published and made into a billboard.Wednesday, 30 January, 13