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Place and Space


There are many Digital Humanities projects that deal with place and space. Many incorporate GIS and digital maps as means of visual storytelling about specific places. While there are too many to cover here, we have selected a few key sites to highlight some ideas about how GIS and mapping tools can enhance our study of history, literature, art, and film. These tool can help us visualize real historical places as well as the imagined world of authors and artists. Further, spatial representations of the places we encounter in books, film, and other works of art can help us understand how places – cities, neighborhoods, rural landscapes, buildings, houses, paths through the woods – shape the experiences of literary characters and readers alike.

Digital Humanities GIS Projects

Center for Digital Humanities at Stanford

Stanford University is home to one of the premier centers for Digital Humanities. They host many projects that deal with place and space. These projects often implement tools such as 3-D mapping, algorithmic literary analysis, GIS, advanced visualization techniques, and digitization of textual corpora. See the link below for a full overview of place-related projects @ Stanford.


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