Archaeological Maps: Performance and Play

Tuesday 29 January 2019, 5.30PM to 18:45

Speaker(s): Piraye Hacıgüzeller

In Western scientific tradition, maps are understood as media that provide truthful access to reality and, as such, form a major focus of attention as artefacts. This seminar will explore how cartographic theory can create openings for archaeology that enable a focal switch from the map as an artefact to mapping as a practice that creates new associations, relations and truths.  The seminar aims to demonstrate how understanding maps as performances from a post-representational perspective clears the way for alternative cartographic practices in archaeology. It will also highlight the profitable nature of playful performances in contexts of knowledge creation with examples from archaeological cartography. Play, as will be suggested, presents fertile ground for all sorts of archaeological endeavours that allow embracing concepts that do not readily fit Western scientific tradition and cartography such as fun, excitement, enthusiasm, frustration and surprise. 




Piraye Hac─▒güzeller is a post-doctoral researcher at the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities and Archaeology Department of Ghent University (Belgium). Her research interests are the theory and practice of digital archaeology, specifically in the cases of geospatial data visualisation, management and analysis. She serves as the deputy director of the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project and co-chairs DARIAH Geohumanities Working Group.

Location: K/159

Admission: Free