The Center for Spatial Studies, Dept. of French and Italian, Dept. of History, Dept. of Religion (Jewish Studies), Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center


Anne K. Knowles (Dept. of Geography, Middlebury College)
Alberto Giordano (Dept. of Geography, Texas State University)

Geographies of the Holocaust

Monday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m.—Book presentation
Discussion and reception to follow
(UCen Flying A Room, UCSB)

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 12:30 p.m.—ThinkSpatial
From Space to Place: Exploring Geographies of the Holocaust
Lunch provided
(Center for Spatial Studies, UCSB) [link]

All welcome, RSVPs appreciated <>

geog_holThis book is the result of a multi-year collective project that has explored the geographies of the Holocaust at every scale of human experience, from the European continent to the experiences of individual human bodies. Built on six innovative case studies utilizing Geographical Information System (GIS) science, it brings together historians and geographers to investigate the places and spaces of the genocide. The cases encompass the landscapes of particular places (the killing zones in the East, deportations from sites in Italy, the camps of Auschwitz, the ghettos of Budapest) and the intimate spaces of bodies on evacuation marches. Geographies of the Holocaust puts forward models and a research agenda for different ways of visualizing and thinking about the Holocaust by examining the spaces and places where it was enacted and experienced.

Anne KnowlesAnne Kelly Knowles is professor of Geography and faculty co-director of the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative at Middlebury College. She received her MSC and Ph.D. in Geography from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio’s Industrial Frontier (University of Chicago Press 1997) and Mastering Iron: The Struggle to Modernize an American Industry, 1800–1868 (University of Chicago Press 2013), which won the Association of American Geographers’ J.B. Jackson Prize. Knowles has been a leading scholar in the interdisciplinary field of historical GIS since the mid-1990s. She edited two of the first books on HGIS: Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History (ESRI Press 2002) and Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship (ESRI Press 2008). She was also lead editor of Geographies of the Holocaust (Indiana University Press 2014), the first collection of studies of the Holocaust based on GIS and cartographic analysis. In 2012 Knowle’s pioneering work was recognized by the first annual American Ingenuity Award for Historical Scholarship by Smithsonian Magazine.

Alberto_Fall2012_WhiteSands_NEWAlberto Giordano is Professor and Chair in the Department of Geography at Texas State University. His current research interests are in the geography of genocide and the Holocaust, Historical GIS, and spatial forensics. His publications include a coauthored book (in Italian) on geographic data quality, a forthcoming edited book on the Geographies of the Holocaust, and several journal articles and book chapters. He has served in the editorial office of the National Atlas of Italy, collaborated with Volume 6 of the History of Cartography Project, and served on the editorial board of Rand McNally’s Goode’s World Atlas. Most recently, Giordano has been awarded grants and research funding from the National Science Foundation, the Holocaust Educational Foundation, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Shoah Foundation, and the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, among others. He has been Co-Chair of the Historical Geography Network for the Social Science History Association and a Member of the International Cartographic Association commissions on Maps and the Internet and on Spatial Data Quality. He is on the board of the newly established National Center for Research in Geography Education (NCRGE), a joint initiative of Texas State and the Association of American Geographers (AAG).

Book reference: Knowles, A. K., Cole, T., & Giordano, A. (Eds.). (2014). Geographies of the Holocaust. Indiana University Press. [URL]

Geographies of the Holocaust