Informal Session: Mapping, GIS and Social Geography in the Pacific, Problems and Prospects (!)
For several years, largely beginning with the pioneering work of John Burton, mapping projects have been undertaken for various purposes, that can be called “social geography,” the representation of an owned environment by means of property claims in it, as well as in terms of the cosmological and historical background. Such projects have taken place in Papua New Guinea, but elsewhere in the contemporary Pacific. In addition to yielding valuable data, this work has raised tricky and compelling methodological and ethical questions about fieldwork, knowledge and collaboration. In this brand new, informal session, we want to survey the geography, anthropology and GIS-based literature, and invite interested parties to come and discuss projects that they have undertaken and/or expect to undertake.
Joshua Bell, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution <BellJA@si.edu>;
David Lipset, University of Minnesota <email@example.com>