New SIG Leadership

Some months ago we shared with you that the GeoHumanities SIG two person leadership team of Karl Grossner and myself would be evolving, and sought interest from members in shaping a new team. I am happy to announce our new GeoHumanities SIG co-conveners. Welcome, Carmen Brando, Patricia Murrieta-Flores, Michael Page and Benjamin Vis! You will be hearing from them on SIG business, announcements and many ongoing and new projects. Please see their bios below. I will stay on in a mentorship capacity in the coming year. Last but not least, we all wish Karl heartfelt thanks for his time, attention and creativity in the SIG’s co-founding and leadership for these four years.

We encourage you, geohumanists, to get in touch with us if you'd like to be involved in any of the activities of the SIG and do not forget to share with us any information about your projects and events.

SIG Co-Convener Bios

Carmen Brando holds a PhD in Computer Science, her research concerns the development of computational methods for the humanities and the social sciences. In particular, she is interested in semantic web, digital libraries, natural language processing, machine learning, geospatial applications. She works at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris where she co-leads the Geomatics platform and is in charge of the geospatial data analysis and processing module for master students, she also teaches software development and databases courses in another context. She co-organized the GeoHumanities SIG-endorsed pre-conference workshop at the Digital Humanities conference in 2016 on semantic historical gazetteers which resulted in the publication of an special issue in the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries (Taylor & Francis) in which she contributed as guest co-editor. She currently coordinates two spatial humanities projects on this topic funded by the Paris Sciences Lettres Research University and the Campus Cordorcet. https://researchgate.net/profile/Carmen_Brando. Twitter: @cvbrandoe

Patricia Murrieta-Flores is the Director of the Digital Humanities Research Centre at the University of Chester, UK. Her interest lies in the application of technologies for Humanities research and her primary area of interest is the Spatial Humanities. Her main focus is the investigation of different aspects of space, place and time using a range of technologies including GIS, NLP, Machine Learning and Corpus Linguistics approaches. She is PI on the Transatlantic Platform (T-AP) funded project ‘Digging into Early Colonial Mexico: A large-scale computational analysis of 16th century historical sources’, and also collaborator and Co-I in multiple projects funded by the ERC, ESRC, AHRC, HERA, and the Paul Mellon Centre among others. She has edited and contributed to multiple books on Digital Humanities, Cultural Heritage, the use of GIS and other technologies in Archaeology, History, and Literature, and has published over 38 articles exploring theories and methodologies related to space and place. https://chester.academia.edu/PatriciaMurrietaFlores

Michael Page is a geographer from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia with a joint appointment between Emory College and Library and Information Technology Services. Within the Department of Environmental Sciences, he teaches courses in urban geography, cultural landscapes and geomorphology, cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing. Michael operates the Digital Lab at Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship that focuses on the production of collaborative and interdisciplinary digital scholarship projects that utilize methods in geospatial technologies, digital imaging, data visualization, and 3 modeling. Michael has been working in the geospatial field for over 25 years in the military, private sector, and higher education. His current projects include historical mapping of cities (Atlanta, Georgia and São Paulo, Brazil), researching alligator habitats on the Georgia Coast, the invasive lionfish problem in the USVI, and land-use and landscape change of the Northwest arm of the Great Salt Lake, Utah. For the past ten years, he has led the mapping and surveying efforts for the American Archaeological Expedition, Samothrace, Greece and with colleagues to build a digital coastal atlas of Georgia’s one hundred miles of barrier islands. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mcpage

Benjamin Vis read Archaeology at Leiden University and undertook his PhD in Geography at the University of Leeds. Currently he holds a Research Fellowship (Digital Humanities) from the Eastern Area Research Consortium (Eastern ARC) based at the University of Kent. There he co-directs the Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies (KISS) and convenes a GeoHumanities Working Group. In 2012 he led the ESRC/NCRM research community Assembly for Comparative Urbanisation and the Material Environment (ACUMEN) and currently leads the AHRC network Pre-Columbian Tropical Urban Life (TruLife): Placing the past in designs for sustainable urban futures. He is working on his monograph Cities Made of Boundaries: Mapping Social Life in Urban Form (under review at UCL Press), which will present the theoretical and methodological foundation of Boundary Line Type (BLT) Mapping. A fundamental interest in society-space relationships, especially how human beings inhabit the environments they construct, informs his work. The variety of the deep human past is used to make radical comparative contributions to urban studies tackling social and ecological sustainable development. He continues developing urban morphological research on Maya urban life and spatial organisation. https://kent.academia.edu/BenjaminVis