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von Reumont, Frederik. "Mapping meaning with comics – Enhancing maps with visual art and narrative." Mapping the Unmappable? Cartographic Explorations with Indigenous Peoples in Africa. Ed. Ute Dieckmann. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2021. 291–316. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: vonReumont2021a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Geography, Intermediality
Creators: Dieckmann, von Reumont
Publisher: Transcript (Bielefeld)
Collection: Mapping the Unmappable? Cartographic Explorations with Indigenous Peoples in Africa
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Frederik von Reumont uses a phenomenological approach to start his cartographic enquiry. He asks how maps can communicate the experience and therefore meaning of places and spatiality. He points to the power of narration and visual art for the communication of meaning and suggests a multimodal approach to the communication of meaning. He introduces us to the world of comics – as a combination of visual art and narrative – and reveals the multiple potentials of fusing maps with comics. With comics, humans can (re)enter the map through various ways: their perspectives on, experiences of, relations to and interactions with the land (and other human and non-human agents) can be visualized and narrated. Furthermore, and equally important, comics within maps offer the possibility of taking a meta-look at the map. The mapmaking process and the map-viewing process can be communicated, and the map can become populated not only with inhabitants or beings-in-relationto-the-land but by the authors and readers of the map as well. Merging comics and maps can illustrate that the meaning of land and places only evolves from the interaction and relationship between different agents (including the land). Therefore, the use of comics within maps can help to de-objectify the (conventional) map.
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