Anne Kelly Knowles (University of Maine) and Levi Westerveld (Norwegian Coastal Authority & Arctic Permafrost Atlas) co-present “Loosening the Grid: Ideas for Mapping Human Experience,” the keynote address for the Institute for Historical Studies’ research theme of 2023-2024, “Experiencing Place: Interrogating Spatial Dimensions of the Human Past.”
GIS has become the tool of choice for making maps of many kinds, yet its underlying architecture and design defaults are poorly suited to mapping the qualities and uncertainties of experience. Knowles and Westerveld will explain how Holocaust survivor testimonies pushed them to find alternatives to coordinate geography and how their current work builds on their first experiments with topological mapping.
Anne Kelly Knowles
McBride Professor of History, University of Maine; and
Co-founder, Holocaust Geographies Collaborative
Environmental Consultant; Senior Engineer & Geographer, Kystverket – Norwegian Coastal Authority; and Editor, Arctic Permafrost Atlas