[PAST EVENT] A Spatial Perspective in History and the Humanities: Dr. Peter Bol

November 9, 2011
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Swem Library, Ford Classroom / Botetourt Gallery
400 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
A Spatial Perspective in History and the Humanities. Dr. Peter Bol, Harvard.

In a digital environment we are deluged with information. Shall we embrace the flood or retreat from it? Geospatial analysis can give us a global view on the past and help us identify meaningful structures in what we see. Some approaches to historical and humanities geospatial analysis will be illustrated with data from China's past and present.

Peter K. Bol is a Harvard College Professor and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. He led Harvard's university-wide effort to establish support for geospatial analysis in teaching and research; in 2005 he was named the first director of the Center for Geographic Analysis. He also directs the China Historical Geographic Information Systems project, a collaboration between Harvard and Fudan University in Shanghai to create a GIS for 2000 years of Chinese history, and is involved in other projects aimed at enhancing digital information linkages between East Asian and Western scholars.

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