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Praxes of “The Human” and “The Digital”: Spatial Humanities and the Digitization of Place

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-107
Issue number1
Early online date15 Dec 2016
Accepted/In press15 Sep 2016
E-pub ahead of print15 Dec 2016
Published2 Jan 2017


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The spatial humanities have evolved much in the last ten years or so, and much of this evolution has been driven by project and problem-based GIS applications. It is argued here that the field lacks a theoretical framework analogous to Critical GIS in human geography. I argue that, just as Critical GIS drew on the intellectual hinterlands of human and hybrid geography, so must the spatial humanities draw on the intellectual hinterlands of how humanities discourse have always formed and transmitted concepts of place. Rhetoric, and especially the rhetorical devices of ekphrasis are given as an example of this; a project co-led by the author, the Heritage Gazetteer of Cyprus, is given as an example of how the digitzation of (humanistic) place has been operationalized.

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