Historical Geography and GIS

The Historical Geography and GIS Network focuses on the application of spatial thinking to the study of the past, with a growing focus on GIS-based research. Our papers often take an interdisciplinary approach and incorporate topics such as demography, urban studies, environmental history, migration studies, and health, among others.

Recently proposed sessions: - Building Historical “Big Data” Together: Crowd-sourcing, “Citizen Science” and large-scale online collaboration (Humphrey Southall, humphrey.southall@port.ac.uk) - Architectures of Hurry (Richard Dennis, r.dennis@ucl.ac.uk) - Ireland From Below: Mircroscale approaches in HGIS to understanding urban change in the Irish and Irish Diaspora (Nial Cunningham, niall.cunningham@durham.ac.uk) - Historical GIS for Urban Research (S. Wright Kennedy, swk@rice.edu) - From Historical GIS to Historical Spatial Data Infrastructures - Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead (John H Clark, clarkjh@lafayette.edu) - Mapping Communication in Late Medieval Europe (Adam Franklin-Lyons, adamfl@marlboro.edu) - “Big Data” and the renewal of ethnic studies : the spreading of French Canadians over the North American continent, 1850-1918 (Marc St-Hilaire, Marc.St-Hilaire@ggr.ulaval.ca) - Historical GIS and European Environmental History (Robert Schwartz, rschwartz@mtholyoke.edu) - Developing Trends in “Big” Historical GIS: Interdisciplinary Efforts and Methodological Advances (Andrew Beveridge, andy@socialexplorer.com) - Stability, Mobility, Migration and Historical GIS - GIS and Colonial History - Historical GIS and the Study of War - Urban and Rural Environments in the Past

Network Representatives


Apply for the Allan Sharlin Memorial Book Award by June 30th.

The deadline to apply for the President’s Book Award has been extended to July 20th.

View the preliminary program for SSHA 2019.

SSHA 2019 will be held in Chicago, November 21-24, 2019. Click here to register.

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