Category: Reading Supplements

W9 | Social Mapping of Chicago

Hull House Maps and Papers: A Presentation of Nationalities and Wages in a Congested District of Chicago (1895) From the Northwestern University site, “The Life and Times of Florence Kelley in Chicago, 1891-1899“: ” Hull House, a social settlement at 335 Halsted Street, was a new enterprise, founded by Jane Addams and her friend and collaborator Ellen Gates Starr, only…

W6 | W.E.B. Du Bois and “The Philadelphia Negro”

From the University of Pennsylvania Archives William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born on February 23,1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the son of Alfred Du Bois and Mary Silvina Burghardt. Haitian-born Alfred Du Bois was a barber and itinerant laborer who during the Civil War had enlisted and then deserted a New York regiment; he also deserted his wife and…

W5 | Documenting India

J. Forbes Watson and John William Kaye, ed., The People of India : A Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan (London: India Museum, 1868)   James Fergusson, History of Indian and Eastern Architecture (London: J. Murray, [1876] 1910) Collection of images from William Johnson and William Henderson, Photographs of Western India (1855-62) in Southern…

W4 | Orientalism and Kipling

For Thursday you are reading two very different types of writing. One is composed of two essays written about nineteenth-century Calcutta. The other is a theoretical text written in the last quarter of the twentieth century. My suggestion is to read the excerpt from Edward Said’s Orientalism first. Said (1935-2003) was a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia…

W4 | Blurring Boundaries and Thesis Paragraphs

For Tuesday, the assigned reading is an article written for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. This essay by Swati Chattopadhyay is a version of a chapter from her book, Representing Calcutta: Modernity, Nationalism, and the Colonial Uncanny (London: Routeledge, 2005). She is currently Professor of Architectural History at University of California Santa Barbara. I assigned the article form…

W2 | Do Maps Lie?

Mercator’s Projection Geradus Mercator’s projection of the world, published in 1569, set the standard for world-view projections. The primary purpose of this projection was its accuracy in navigability east-west. It is the projection used most widely today, and it is likely the projection with which you are most familiar. Tissot’s indicatrix used to explain the distortion of the Mercator Projection:…

W1 | Readings on the Spatial Turn

Introduction Before we dive into discussing maps, let’s take a moment to establish a theoretical context for thinking about what maps convey. In the nineteenth century the production of maps were greatly influenced by the following factors, which coalesced during this crucial period: the long transformation of a world economy to capitalism the rapid technological advances (transportation, communication, and production)…