The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Anne K. Knowles

Dept. of Geography, Middlebury College

Alberto Giordano

Dept. of Geography, Texas State University

From Space to Place:

Exploring Geographies of the Holocaust

Phelps Hall 3512 (map)
12:301:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Note: Lunch provided

This event is part of the of the Geographies of the Holocaust presentation (Feb. 2, 4 p.m.)

Abstract. From 2007 to 2014, the Holocaust Geographies Collaborative created GIS infrastructure and case studies to explore how the Holocaust was implemented at various spatial and temporal scales. Those studies highlighted spatial and temporal patterns, from the landscape scale of buildings, streets, cities to the continental scale of Europe. Much as they revealed about the structure and sequence of perpetrator actions and the implementation of a geography of oppression and genocide, the Phase 1 studies only hinted at the human presence and suffering of Holocaust victims. Phase 2 of the project turns from space to the role of place in how victims experienced and remember the Holocaust, and the role of social networks in individuals’ survival.

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).

The objectives of the ThinkSpatial brown-bag presentations are to exchange ideas about spatial perspectives in research and teaching, to broaden communication and cooperation across disciplines among faculty and graduate students, and to encourage the sharing of tools and concepts.
Please contact Andrea Ballatore (893-5267, to review and schedule possible discussion topics or presentations that share your disciplinary interest in spatial thinking.

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ThinkSpatial: Knowles and Giordano