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Southern Spaces
A journal about real and imagined spaces and places of the US South and their global connections

Visualizing Spatial History: The Example of Rio de Janeiro

Stanford University
Published May 20, 2013


Director Zephyr Frank reviews the work of the Stanford Spatial History Project at the Atlanta Studies Symposium at Emory University on April 26, 2013. As he ponders the possibilities and challenges of spatial depictions using Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS), Frank offers examples of visualizations produced for research in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Part 2: Frank provides an overview of the Stanford Spatial History Project

Part 3: Frank discusses creating visualizations that evoke patterns and varieties of spatial mobility, consciousness, and power

Part 4: Frank demonstrates the possibilities of HGIS using visualizations from his Terrain of History project

About the Author

Zephyr Frank is associate professor of Latin American History at Stanford University, the director of the Spatial History Project, and the principal investigator on the Terrain of History project. He teaches modern Brazilian history, with an emphasis on urban life, economic development, and cultural change in 19th-century Rio de Janeiro. He is the author of Dutra's World: Wealth and Family in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro and co-editor of From Silver to Cocaine: Latin American Commodity Chains and the Building of the World Economy.

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