Digital humanities tools for crisis response, mobilization, and support


As digital map-making tools are getting increasingly ubiquitous, their use and critical assessment in policy making, research and pedagogy is more important than ever, especially in the ways they tend to reproduce established patterns of urban inequalities, dispossession, and environmental racism. In this workshop we will use open urban and spatio-temporal datasets that capture different contemporary and historical aspects of urban environments to explore different tools and scales of creating and using spatial stories in a class environment. We will focus on browser-based tools such as Story Maps, StoryMap JS, Timeline JS and Timemapper. At the end of the workshop we will review some projects and cases of “radical cartography” that challenge established map-making notions and practices and that can help students engage critically with dominant narratives and representations of urban and historic environments.


We will review and discuss digital and public humanities tools, projects and platforms that address gaps and inequalities, empower marginalized groups, and support action for social justice. We will structure our discussion in three parts:

  • remixing the archive

  • mobilizing humanities

  • tools for minimum resources


Spend 5-10 minutes reviewing this list of digital archives and projects “that explicitly acknowledge and discuss archival silences in their content”:

Choose one or two that seem interesting to you and that you would like to talk about.

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