Ethnocartography revisited 
Jiří Woitsch (Czech Academy of Sciences)
László Mód (University of Szeged)
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KWZ 0.607
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29 March, 2017 at 8:30 (UTC+0)
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Short Abstract:

The historical-geographical paradigm was one the most significant in the history of discipline, however, nowadays it is considered having little relevance. The panel aims to critically evaluate history of ethnocartography and to discuss actual projects and possible future of cartographic ethnology.

Long Abstract

The historical-geographical paradigm was one the most significant theories in the history of discipline. It has moved ethnology, especially in the field of study of material culture - and above all dwelling - very close to Kuhnian "normal science" and a plenty of exceptionally influential (including many controversial e.g. Hauslandschaften und Kulturbewegungen im östlichen Mitteleuropa by Bruno Schier) ethnological works were based on cartographic method. Moreover, after the WW II historical-geographical paradigm and ethnocartography contributed a lot to unprecedented networking of ethnologists across Europe culminating in the project of European ethnological atlas. However, at the latest from 1980s, cartographic method itself has been widely disputed and nowadays it is mostly considered having little relevance for the discipline. The panel thus aims to critically evaluate the history of European ethnocartography with the special attention to application of historical-geographical paradigm in the field of study of houses, dwelling and creation of cultural landscape. Above that, we feel the need to discuss also contemporary projects based on revision and re-interpretation of old ethnological maps or sources connected to preparation of ethnological atlases. And last but not least following question should be answered: How "new" technical means (GIS), media (Internet) and approaches (digital humanities) could influence and even revitalize "old school" ethnocartography. Is it possible to interconnect cartographic ethnology and STS studies and ANT as already has been suggested? And generally - is there any future for cartographic ethnology not only in the field of study of material culture?

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