Mapping old and new routes between Florida and Cuba (a DH project in progress)

RC03327-1Both Florida and Cuba have played a central role in the socio-economic development of the Caribbean basin for centuries. What new research and analytical tools can be employed for the study of this time-honored interchange in the age of Digital Humanities? What other physical and theoretical connections can be derived from the visualization of commercial, political, military and intellectual routes between these spaces? At ThatCamp Gainesville I would like to share, discuss and get feedback about these and other core inquiries from this current DH project scheduled for presentation in Hastac2017. Using ArcGIS as our main mapping platform, our finalized product should provide a creative and dynamic contrast between conventional cartographic materials of transportation and communication such as railroads, steamships and telegraphic cables across the Florida Strait, with the literary representation of some of these connections in the works of several Cuban and American writers. Can you help brainstorming? Would you share your digital mapping experience with me?

Categories: Collaboration, Data Mining, Libraries, Mapping, Research Methods, Session: Talk, Teaching, Text Mining, Visualizations |

About Javier Sampedro

I am a recent PhD graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. I am currently affiliated with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at UF. My research proposes an understanding of the insular Caribbean literary and philosophical discourses as one great tradition. I seek these connections specifically within the three major linguistic zones in the area.

2 Responses to Mapping old and new routes between Florida and Cuba (a DH project in progress)

  1. Laurie says:

    This will be a fantastic session! I hope Carol McAuliffe, Map Librarian, and Jessie English, Cuba Coordinator in the Libraries, can both make this!

  2. Laurie says:

    Are you on Twitter? It will be great to share the discussion with #CaribbeanDH folks on Twitter!

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