As the study of the Humanities develops in the digital era, the use of new technologies has become more and more important as a tool for scholars to comprehend human societies are connected. Mapping allows us to display the phenomena we study to a broader audience, and to visualize complex systems of relationships and represent social phenomena in a comprehensible format. This workshop, sponsored by the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World, U-Spatial and Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) invites graduate students and professors interested in developing strategies and creating digital maps to better understand the dynamics involved in the movement of goods, individuals and ideas in the globe. Although our main focus area is the pre-modern world, the workshop is open to participants interested in working in other time-periods.
The workshop is a digital laboratory, using the resources available at the University of Minnesota, that will offer an opportunity to its participants to apply new technologies of digital mapping in their individual research projects. During the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters, we will meet for eight 2-hour hands-on workshops will be held to familiarize participants with the latest software and develop digital mapping projects.