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8: Maps

Where are we going?

The spatial turn is one of the largest shifts in the field in the last several decades. How do we make sense of state, city, county, or other spatial data, and what do we do with it?

This week we will:

  • Think about the underlying theory of map making and map reading
  • Understand cultural and ethical concepts of what can and cannot be mapped
  • Practice the basics of translating a spreadsheet to a map visualization

Module Outline

Wednesday Agenda

During our Wednesday meeting, we’ll troubleshoot the Tableau Maps assignment.




  • Rose-Redwood, Reuben, Natchee Blu Barnd, Annita Hetoevėhotohke’e Lucchesi, Sharon Dias, and Wil Patrick. “Decolonizing the Map: Recentering Indigenous Mappings.” Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization 55, no. 3 (September 1, 2020): 151–62.
  • Cameron Blevins, Space, Nation, and the Triumph of Region: A View of the World from Houston, Journal of American History, Volume 101, Issue 1, June 2014, Pages 122–147,


  1. Watch and respond to the discussion starter video in the #module8 channel on Slack
  2. Review the Georeferencing Colabs assignment
  3. Do the Tableau Maps assignment

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