Course Description & Syllabus

Please note: This seminar is for graduate students. It does not include any GIS software applications or training - for this, please see the Geography Department's GIS/geospatial technologies curriculum (Geog 258, Geog 360/560, Geog 461/561, Geog 462/562, Geog 469, and others).

Geog 522 explores theorizations and literatures that geographers and other scholars have used to examine relationships between space, technologies, and society. We emphasize digital spatial technologies/practices, such as GIS, the geoweb, neogeography, mobile spatial technologies, and their implications for digital subjectivities and inequalities, new forms of social control and exclusion, and (inter)disciplinary debates about epistemology and methodology. We will read work from some of the well-established historical materialist, political economic, and feminist theorizations of space and technologies, as well as very new work by critical scholars that considers subjectivities, embodiments, and social relations that emerge from and with spatial technologies. As well, we consider diverse ways that critical scholars practice spatial technologies, examining epistemological and ontological critiques associated with the uptake of spatial technologies in several fields and new methodologies spawned by these debates.

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