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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 163
Title: The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the future of humanities scholarship
Lead Author: Corrigan, John
Abstract: Abstract and Definition. Spatial Humanities signifies how considerations of space, both geographical and metaphorical, are shaping innovative scholarship in the humanities, especially its sub-genre, spatial history. This scholarship often relies upon a powerful technology, Geographic Information Systems, and its disciplinary parent Geographic Information Science, to raise new questions about the relation of space to human behavior and social, economic, political, and cultural development. It represents a bridging of disciplines, with history, archaeology, literary studies, religious studies, and cultural studies, among others, now taking up theories and approaches formerly the domain of geography and the social sciences. It also recognizes the increasing tendency of social scientists to incorporate into their work aspects of method and approach typically associated with the humanities. In short, while the spatial humanities is first of all a project that seeks to import into the humanities research practices associated with geography and other social sciences, it is at the same time an effort to foster collaborations that will result in spatially-oriented humanities research influencing the work of scholars in political science, economics, sociology, and other cognate areas. Space is the bridge between these various disciplines, and that bridging will improve through sustained support from the NSF.
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