Maps and the Question of Palestine: An interview with Denis Wood

Diagrametic sketch map of border between West Bengal and East Pakistan

Diagrametic sketch map of border between West Bengal and East Pakistan

Exclusive to arenaofspeculation.org, Linda Quiquivix shares her recent interview with independent scholar and author Denis Wood. Follow link below for the full interview:

Interview: “Maps and the Question of Palestine”

Denis Wood has been writing critically about maps for the past four decades. His recently published Rethinking the Power of Maps (Guilford Press, 2010) argues that the rise of the map coincided with the rise of the nation-state, and uses Palestine as a case study to illustrate how maps only come into existence when societies call for them. In this interview, Wood elaborates on this idea by discussing the history of the modern map, its role in society, and the violence underpinning their use in Palestine.

Linda Quiquivix is a doctoral candidate in the geography department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently conducting research on a dissertation entitled The Political Mapping of Palestine.

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