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Margaret Walton- Roberts

GG270 - read/ skim the readings - culture= significant symbols - Stuart Hall - atemporial- doesn’t include historical change - ePortfolio needs to show the development of understanding/ knowledge/ internalization Cartography Representing Power - colonialism- material weight to where lines are drawn which carry weight for govs/ citizens (matters on the ground but maybe not to the map maker) - form of simplification - cartographer + geographies hold a lot of power - Harley: “anticipatory geographies of colonialism” maps have intentions embedded in them - to own something claim it through technology (cartography) - colonial maps emptied space of all social lived experience, allowed for the possession of space (Central Place Theory) - life on the ground is irrelevant to the power grid a map creates - not interested in what is there - remake the landscape as you desire - Renaissance maps changed exercise of power- materialistic weight carrying a desired end point Naming - creates a colonial space- material possession of territory - backed by technology, weaponry, disease - maps were evidence to claim land which erased native claim to the lands - rivers, mountains permit exploration and visual possession- possesses all that we view from the mountain top - explorers invented rather than discovered - erasure of what is actually there and failure to accurately represent - creates a documentary society rather than oral tradition - space is reduced to a stage for imperial history to be acted out - cartography became a tool of documentation and erasure Harley - cartography allows for colonialization/ expansion and planning how the geography will be (1 step) - planned from a distance and then physically claimed - used geo to plan attack and new settlement - maps are not innocent - focused on Colombia and the Americas Perkins - mapping as critical/ cultural interventions - public interest in maps (Books, art, etc) - theoretician focus on words to critique mapping processes - he suggests using maps like we use words to discredit the process of map making Fool’s Cap Map of the World (1590) - after Columbus and some exploration - encompassed in a jester’s hat - allowed to mock the royalty -could speak truth to the power- away of advising the king as to how the people see the ruler - this map has deeper symbolization -to understand see decoded website - generally degrades people who think they can possess this power -Perkins suggests bringing back Danish Prince- means think of cartography as a way of speaking truth to power without threatening the power (much like a jester) - within the system - also potential for revolution (opposition) Maps Represent and Integrate Data - ex. Slave trade (slaves become a commo
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