ASAP Communiqué

…for students in the IMAS and IDAS programs at NCCU.

GIS Tombs Mapping Workshop

Epigraphs Carved into the Land: Maps of Funerary Practices as

Traces of Collective Mental Representations on Taiwan and Penghu

深刻土地的墓誌銘: 以台灣與澎湖的墳墓地圖繪製作為心理表徵的追蹤

Oliver Streiter, National University of Kaohsiung


General Building of Colleges, 6th Floor, GIS Lab Rm. 270610


15th May 2015 – 9:10-11:00 am + reception

National Chengchi University


演講者 ~ Prof. Oliver Streiter (國立高雄大學)

時間:2015 年 5月15日 上午 9:10-11:00 + reception following 會後備有茶點招待


For 8 years we are digitizing tombs on Taiwan and Penghu: 1,000 days of fieldwork, 200,000 photos, 600

graveyards, 50.000 tombs. And while the data collection grows and the equipment, the techniques and the data

schemes are getting more and more sophisticated, we still struggle with elementary questions: What is it that we

digitize, and why do we all this and how can data be best represented? Are tombs part of the history or part of the

stories of these islands? Can these histories and stories be distinguished and what is the scientific interest in this


A tentative answer we come up with in this talk is that tombs represent stories that have been developed in historic

contexts. The relevance of these stories lies in their psychosocial nature: Inscribed in the landscape, they form

mental representations in those who populate these landscapes.


Lured into a new positivism, which seems justifiable through a new, digital, empiricism, we adopt a critical,

Popperian approach: Trying to find fold lines in these histories, in space and time, or patterns in the development of

these stories that do not correspond to the historic truth claimed by these stories, the problem of representing

tombs on maps becomes purposeful and tractable and allows to identify the agents behind the stories and their

Open to all university staff, faculty, students, friends and sponsors

of the Asia-Pacific SpatioTemporal Institute facilitating the

Top University Project in Digital Humanities

Contact: David Blundell (卜 道), / mobile 0937-910-751


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