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About the author
I am trained in human geography, philosophy and data science.
My PhD research focused on the impact of individual beliefs and practices on large-scale geographical phenomena. Notably with the help of agent-based modeling.
I love making experiments involving programming, mapping technologies and literature.
I write fiction and essays, mostly in French. In research, I currently work as
- Lecturer at the College of Humanities, EPFL
- Lecturer at the Geographical Institute of the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
- Research associate in data mining, text mining and visualization at the Service of Historical Analyses, Swiss Federal Archives.
Further details about my work are available at the root site of the current blog.
About maps and territories
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. 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 presents:
- My own mapping and data visualization work
- Programming tricks for data treatment
- Software use exercices for my courses (in French)
- Short essays on maps and spaces, in English and French.