Heraclitus of Ephesus wrote: “we are and we ar not, we do and we do not enter in the same river twice, but everything exhales from water”. Maps are and are not territories. Both maps and territories are spaces. Any map is a translation of some space into another. And any map is a territory because it striates a space. The maps you know structure your spatial options; how you live in your space is both constrained and made possible by these maps. In this sense, your maps are your territory. There is one thing that maps don’t show: your own experience of space. This experience extends and transforms the meaning of your maps. In this sense, your territory transcends your map.
There are many excellent blogs about maps. Links to them can be found in the right navigation pannel. This blog’s specificity is two-fold. First, most of the maps presented are the result of it’s author’s work of mapping and data collection. The technical aspects of the map-making process are discussed parallel to the interpretation of the maps. Second, its discussion of territories strongly roots in cultural geography, sociology and continental philosophy.
About the author
André Ourednik is a geographer specialized in the fields of social geography and cartography. His particular interest is to understand the impact of individual beliefs and practices on large-scale geographical phenomena.
André concluded a Master of Arts of the University of Lausanne and a PhD in Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Faculty of Architecture and Environment). He is currently:
- Researcher at the Geosciences and Environment Faculty, University of Lausanne
- Lecturer at the College of Humanities, EPFL
André further extend his questioning about the human space as a fiction writer.
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