Mapping Grand Canyon: A Critical Cartographic History

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Project Director(s): 

Matthew Toro | Director of Maps, Imagery and Geospatial Services | ASU Library, Map and Geospatial Hub

Paul Hirt | Professor | School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

Robert Spindler | University Archivist | ASU Library, University Archives

For over 150 years, the geography of the Grand Canyon region has been the subject of multiple diverse manifestations of cartographic representation. Mapping Grand Canyon chronicles the history of mapping activities in and of the region—a space of real and imagined superlatives—while interrogating the corresponding societal and technological contexts of those activities and the meanings of their cartographic outputs. A distinctly critical cartographic history of the Grand Canyon emerges, one in which processes of socio-scientific change feature prominently as the motivations, tools, and techniques of mapping evolve over decades.


Mapping Grand Canyon Conference

February 28th - March 1st, 2019
Arizona State University | Tempe, AZ


The Mapping Grand Canyon Conference explores the art, science, and practice of Grand Canyon cartography. Join this celebration and critical examination of the cartographic history of a global landscape icon.


Free and open to all, the conference promises a full two-day program of map-based story-telling, transdisciplinary analysis, state-of-the-art geospatial and cartographic demonstrations, and engaging hands-on activities.

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