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Mapping Memories of Exiles: Combining Conventional and Alternative Cartographic Approaches

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Mapping Memories of Exiles: Combining Conventional and Alternative Cartographic Approaches

Caquard, Sébastien ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4654-5244, Shaw, Emory ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4099-7365, Alavez, José and Dimitrovas, Stefanie (2019) Mapping Memories of Exiles: Combining Conventional and Alternative Cartographic Approaches. In: The Routledge handbook of memory and place. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon. ISBN 9780815386308

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Abstract

Mapping memories is useful for revealing and understanding the relationships that individuals and communities have with places, but extremely challenging given the complex and fluid nature of memories. To address these challenges, we developed a series of cartographic approaches to map the memories of exiles. In the first approach, we converted ten video recordings of life story interviews into conventional cartographic representations to identify structures and potential patterns in and between these stories. In the second, we invited those who told these stories to comment and provide feedback on the maps, triggering additional memories, untold in the original life story. In the third approach, exiles worked with artists and cartographers to develop their own spatial representations of their life stories. In this chapter, we argue that this mobilization of complementary cartographic approaches is key to mapping memories in a way that both respects the complexity of personal memories of exiles and contributes to a better understanding of individual and collective geographies.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Geography, Planning and Environment
Item Type:Book Section
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Caquard, Sébastien and Shaw, Emory and Alavez, José and Dimitrovas, Stefanie
Date:2019
Funders:
  • Fonds de Recherche du Québec Société et Culture (FRQSC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
ID Code:987546
Deposited By: SEBASTIEN CAQUARD
Deposited On:28 Oct 2020 15:30
Last Modified:02 Nov 2020 16:39
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