Polis Center at IUPUI hosting NEH institute advancing exploration of space and maps

The Virtual Center for Spatial Humanities, a multi-disciplinary collaboration among Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Florida State University and West Virginia University, is hosting an advanced institute in spatial narratives and deep maps. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, this two-week intensive institute brings leading scholars from around the world to explore how deep maps can support relevant issues in spatial humanities.
These competitive NEH grants seek to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technologies in their research and teaching. Fellows participating in the institute will explore spatial narratives and deep maps by engaging in existing projects as well as through production of a prototype deep map. At the end of the institute, the fellows will have the opportunity to present their work.
“As humans, we are place-bound,” said David Bodenhamer, executive director of The Polis Center at IUPUI and co-director of the institute. “We continually shape and reshape space to create places that have meaning for us — our homes, our communities, our environment. In this institute, we are exploring how to use powerful geospatial technologies to help us capture and understand a deep sense of place, as well as how to tell effective stories about the places that we study.”
The institute is being administered by the Polis Center in Indianapolis from June 18 to 29 and is led by Bodenhamer (history, IUPUI), John Corrigan (religious studies, Florida State University) and Trevor Harris (geography, West Virginia University). A second NEH advanced institute, Digital Cultural Mapping, is concurrently hosted by UCLA. Scholars from both institutes have the opportunity to learn from each other through video conferencing and shared publications.
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About the Virtual Center for Spatial Humanities
The Virtual Center for Spatial Humanities is a collaboration among IUPUI, Florida State University and West Virginia University to develop technologies and methods and to create a scholarly literature for the field of spatial humanities. It is a recognized leader in researching and developing methods to advance the use of geographic information systems in nontraditional fields. The specific focus of the Virtual Center has been religion in the Atlantic world.
About The Polis Center
The Polis Center is a self-funded research unit of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. It seeks to understand the communities in which we live through an entrepreneurial and innovative approach, finding practical, effective and cost-efficient ways for communities to enhance their capacity for meaningful change. Polis works with professional and scholarly communities, especially through application of digital technologies such as geographic information systems and other geospatial tools.