Creating Spatial Historical Knowledge

New Approaches, Opportunities and Epistemological Implications of Mapping History Digitally

October 20-22, 2016
First Annual GHI Conference on Digital Humanities and Digital History
International Workshop and Conference at the German Historical Institute Washington
Conveners: Matthew Hiebert (GHI), Simone Lässig (GHI), Stephen Robertson (George Mason University)
In collaboration with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Digital Humanities at Berkeley

Thursday, October 20

9:00 - 10:00Event Welcome

Simone Lässig (GHI)

9:30 - 11:15Workshops 1

Garage Band GIS or Every Historian a Mapmaker – Seminar Room
Helmut Walser Smith (Vanderbilt University)

Prospect – Reading Room
Michael Newton (Digital Innovation Lab, University of North Carolina)

11:15 - 11:30


11:30 - 1:15Workshops 2 

Co-Created Cultural Gazetteers for Digital Spatial Research – Seminar Room
David Joseph Wrisley (American University of Beirut)

The Panorama Toolkit – Reading Room
Robert Nelson (Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Richmond)
Eric Rodenbeck (Stamen Design, San Francisco, CA)

1:15 - 2:15


2:15 - 4:00Workshops 3

nodegoat – Create and Explore Historical Data through Diachronic Spatial Mapping - Seminar Room
Pim van Bree (LAB1100)
Geert Kessels (LAB1100)

Georeferencing Historical Maps – Reading Room
Randa El Khatib (Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria)

4:00 - 4:15 


4:15 - 6:00Workshops 4

Spatial History Pedagogy – Seminar Room
Franziska Seraphim (Boston College)
Joe Nugent (Boston College)
Paul Vierthaler (Leiden University)

Exploring the Social Impact of Mapping Community Memory with Historypin – Reading Room
Jon Voss (Historypin)

6:00 - 6:30

Opening Reception

6:30 - 8:00Public Lecture

Toward a Spatial Narrative of the 1935 Harlem Riot: Mapping and Storytelling after the Geospatial Turn
Stephen Robertson (Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University)


Friday, October 21

9:30 - 10:00Conference Introduction

Matthew Hiebert (GHI)

10:00 - 12:00Panel 1: Charting New Methods

Chair: Jennifer Serventi (NEH)

Anne Knowles (University of Maine)
Visual Ways of Knowing the Past 

Cameron Blevins (Northeastern University)
What Gets Lost: Method, Theory, and Spatial History’s Disciplinary Shores

Helmut Walser Smith (Vanderbilt University)
Mere Illustration

12:00 - 1:00


1:00 - 3:00Panel 2:  Transformations in Historical Inquiry

Chair: Atiba Pertilla (GHI)

Katherine McDonough (Western Sydney University)
Jason Ensor (Western Sydney University)
Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment

John Theibault
Mapping an Historiography: The Local Social Histories of Early Modern Germany

Ralph Barczok (University of Konstanz)
Steffen Koch (Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems, University of Stuttgart)
Analyzing Multi-religious Spaces in the Medieval Muslim World

3:00 - 3:15


3:15 - 5:30Panel 3: Mapping Power

Chair: Elisabeth Engel (GHI)

Werner Stangl (University of Graz)
HGIS de las Indias: A Dynamic Reconstruction of Colonial Spanish America

Matthew Unangst (Temple University)
Mapping Imperial Geographies in East Africa

Robert Nelson (Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Richmond)
Slavery on the Move: Counter-mapping the Domestic Slave Trade

Habbo Knoch (University of Cologne)
Spatializing Mass Violence: Immersive digital environments for Holocaust memorial museums



Conference Dinner


Saturday, October 22

9:30 - 11:30Panel 4: Digitally Remediating Spatial Source Materials

Chair: Trevor Muñoz (MITH, University of Maryland)

Waitman Wade Beorn (University of Virginia)
Spaces of Life and Death: Mapping the Holocaust Experience in the Janowska Camp

Anne Sarah Rubin (University of Maryland)
Dan Bailey (University of Maryland)
Visualizing Early Baltimore: Mapping Social History from Harbor to High Ground (1812-1820)

Ute Schneider (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Materiality and Time Layers 

11:30 - 1:00


1:00 - 3:15Panel 5: Spatial Approaches in Cultural and Literary History

Chair: Paul Jaskot (DePaul University)

David Wrisley (American University of Beirut)
What Is Spatial Literary Historical Knowledge?

Diana Roig Sanz (Open University of Catalonia/ KU Leuven)
Digital Mapping in Literary History: Multipolar Transfers and Complexity in the Mapping of Hispanic International Modernity

Alex Christie (Centre for Digital Humanities, Brock University)
Prototyping Spaces: Warped Cartography and Affective Maps

Robert C. Allen (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
From Moviegoers to Mill Workers: A Decade of Developing Tools and Approaches to Digital Spatial History

3:15 - 3:30


3:30 - 5:30Panel 6: Public History Online and Spatial Social Knowledge Creation

Chair: Mareike König (DHI Paris)

Jana Moser (Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography)
Special Conditions of Webmaps to be Regarded for Creating Spatial Historical Knowledge

David Eltis (University of British Columbia)
Mapping the Transatlantic Slave Trade

David Hochfelder (University at Albany, SUNY)
Using Digital Tools to Create a Social and Public History of Urban Development

5:30 - 6:00Closing Remarks
Simone Lässig