Informal Session: Mapping, GIS and Social Geography in the Pacific, Problems and Prospects
Organizers: Joshua Bell and David Lipset
We had an encouraging informal session in New Orleans on a variety of topics associated with maps and mapping practices in Pacific societies. Topics that were raised included local meanings of maps in song, chants, etc., locally drawn maps, the significance of maps for local sovereignty and property claims, particularly in the contexts of extractive industry, mapping practices in relationship to pre-existing local-level politics, structural divisions and rivalry, the gender of maps, the meaning of boundaries, and, not least, mapping and fieldwork ethics. We intend to follow up in Auckland by holding a working session. Please contact one of the session organizers by 1 June with a paper title, if you are interested in participating.
Attendees in New Orleans included: Alphonse Aime, Josh Bell, Kali Fermantez, Jamon Halvaksz, Grant Hayes, Jerry Jacka, David Lipset, Harley Manner, Joran Prokosch, Ryuju Satomi, and Micah Vander Ryn.
Joshua Bell, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution <BellJA@si.edu>;
David Lipset, University of Minnesota <firstname.lastname@example.org>