SCSC 2016 (August 18-20), Bruges: "Visualizing the Early Modern World in Digital Space and Time"
This session invites digital projects—at any stage—that attempt to imagine the ways in which aspects of the early modern world can be visualized in digital spaces. We are particularly interested in projects that study the geographic movement of people and objects over time. Within this framework, we seek papers that explore the following questions: What are the spatial and temporal problems that early modern people, objects, and their metadata present to us? How can we reconcile the imprecision of historical sources with the required precision of digital technologies? How can we translate humanistic data into a digital platform in a way that captures the nuance of the source data? What are the limits of these methodologies? In what ways do digital technologies reinforce western conceptions of time and space? Can digital technologies accommodate alternate visions of geospatial conception? How do digital technologies offer ways to liberate information from traditional hierarchies implicit in narrative structure? Can data visualization constitute more than a means of pattern recognition, providing instead an alternate space in which to visualize particular moments in the early modern world?