On 25 - 27 March 2004, the Newberry Library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography will host “History and Geography: Assessing the Role of Geographical Information in Historical Scholarship.” This conference is devoted to assessing the many dimensions of historians’ rapidly growing interest in geographical methods and sources and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in particular. Scholars engaged in historical research in the humanities, social sciences, and earth sciences will address emerging issues, including how to acknowledge the uncertainty and context of historical sources within the logical structure and visual representations of geo-spatial techniques, whether those techniques are contributing to a new positivism in history, and how geographers and historians can work together to improve geo-spatial methods and the quality of research based upon them. The program includes two workshops and seven paper sessions. Papers will be electronically pre-circulated to all registrants. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Further details will be available in September 2003.
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