Mapping and Our Connection to Place: A Case for New Hybrid Techniques

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 4:10 PM
Lee Community Hall (Rm 133), Wishcamper Center, USM Portland Campus
Contact Name: 
Firooza Pavri
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-5321
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Mapping and Our Connection to Place: A Case for New Hybrid Techniques

Lecture by
Molly H. Brown, Ph.D., owner of MollyMaps

Presented by the Geography-Anthropology Department at the Muskie School of Public Service.

MollyMaps Maine-New Brunswick BorderThis talk investigates a possible juxtaposition in our current relationship to mapping and sense of place. While we grow increasingly reliant on mapping services on smartphones for navigation, many of us still prefer the look, feel, and human touch of ‘traditional,’ ‘artistic’, or ‘hand-drawn’ maps to help us feel connected to a place. How do we reconcile these two attitudes towards mapping? How does using our smartphone’s map app affect us differently than looking at a bird’s eye view of a city? What can we learn from hand-drawn maps before they disappear entirely? Dr. Brown will explore these questions and propose a direction for hybrid mapping strategies—that integrate today’s digital services with artistic, and humanistic renderings of place.

Molly Brown received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the owner of MollyMaps, a hand-drawn and artistic mapping business, and currently teaches at the University of New England in Biddeford. She lives in Portland, Maine.

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