GIScience II: Newness and imminence

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In this second report, I discuss the role of newness in GIScience, drawing distinctions between ‘the new’, as a state of emergent technology and technical situation, and imminence, a state of happenings and becomings. I suggest that GIScience often reduces the two to each other – what is imminent is that which is new – with specific implications for the use of geospatial techniques and technologies in explicitly radical, critical, and anti-racist projects. To engage in this work means often to make do with what is available and accessible, with no less need for experimentation and innovation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-233
Number of pages10
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I have so appreciated the discussions around this report with people in my Zoom morning writing group and with readers of an earlier draft, including Amber Bosse, Ian Spangler, Sarah Elwood, Nick Lally, and Jack Gieseking. Of course, the responsibility that comes with such a platform in our discipline is mine, including all errors, omissions, partialities, and blind spots. The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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  • GIScience
  • anti-racist
  • cartography
  • critical GIS
  • digital geography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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