REVISITING THE HISTORIES OF MAPPING

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This paper revisits the cartography of material folk culture from the point of view of a current cartographic project in science and technology studies (STS) known as controversy mapping. Considering the mutual learning that has already taken place between ethnological engagements with material culture and material semiotic strands of STS, we ask, what kind of cross-fruition could be gained from expanding the dialogue to cartography and mapmaking? We suggest that a shared focus on open-ended assemblages of cultural elements, rather than
functional cultural wholes, provides a good basis for such a conversation. We argue that the capacity of the atlases of material folk culture to draw their own theoretical assumptions into doubt could serve as a useful prototype for controversy mappers. Vice versa we suggest that recent innovations in controversy mapping might overcome some of the problems that have troubled earlier ethnological mapmaking projects.

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historical-geographical paradigm, controversy mapping, cartography, diffusionism, actor-network theory

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Munk, A. K. & Jensen, T. E., (2014) “REVISITING THE HISTORIES OF MAPPING”, Ethnologia Europaea 44(2), p.31-47. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1125

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.

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Anders Kristian Munk (Aalborg University Copenhagen)
Torben Elgaard Jensen (Aalborg University Copenhagen)

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