Clio Wired

An Introduction to History & New Media

Week 7


  1. Tim Hitchcock, “Place and the Politics of the Past” (2012)
  2. Trevor Harris, John Corrigan and David Bodenhamer, “Challenges for the Spatial Humanities: Toward a Research Agenda,” The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship (2010), 167-176

 Visualizing Emancipation

  1. Edward L. Ayers & Scott Nesbit, “Seeing Emancipation: Scale and Freedom in the American South,”Journal of the Civil War Era 1, 1 (March 2011): 3-24
  2. Visualizing Emancipation


  1. Elijah Meeks and Karl Grossner, “Modeling Networks and Scholarship with ORBIS,Journal of Digital Humanities 1, 3 (2012)
  2. Stuart Dunn, “Review of ORBIS,” Journal of Digital Humanities 1, 3 (2012)
  3. Elijah Meeks, “Why Update ORBIS?” (2014)
  4. ORBIS

Digital Harlem

  1. Stephen Roberson, “Putting Harlem on the Map,” in Writing History for the Digital Age (2012), eds Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki
  2. Nicholas Grant, “Digital Harlem,” Reviews in History (July 2013)
  3. Digital Harlem
Discussion Leader: Jordan Bratt


1 comment for “Week 7

  1. October 13, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What is a map? How are maps useful to historians? What is GIS? How is GIS useful to historians?
    2. Hitchcock argues that a dialogue must exist between historians and geographers yet it hasn’t fully taken place. What is the purpose of this dialogue? Is there a purpose for this dialogue?
    3. Edward Ayers and Scott Nesbit discuss the importance of scale. What is scale and how is it important in history? in geography?
    4. ORBIS’ stated goal is “to understand the dynamics of the Roman imperial system as a whole.” In your opinion, did it achieve this? If not, why didn’t they?
    5. Elijah Meek’s article on ORBIS points out that people didn’t engage all the tools on the site because the user didn’t know they were there. Did you find it difficult to navigate to all the tools? Is this an issue the author’s need to address?
    6. Is transparency a “bigger” issue with maps? Why or Why not?
    7. Were the web maps from the readings representing patterns better than the written word?
    8. Are their dangers with using maps or GIS in history? If so, how do we mitigate that?

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