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Toward unMaking Maps: A Guide to Experiments in Paracartography – John Krygier and Denis Wood

Goal: If cartography is contemporary accepted theory and practice, then patacartography and paracartography are mapmaking theories and practices that lie outside the limits of cartography. Dissatisfaction with these limits is rampant, especially when it comes to expressing ranges of human, social, and cultural phenomena. Yet experiments towards alternatives have been circumscribed. One constraint is that we have all so internalized cartographic conventions that we can’t easily think outside them. Undoing, confounding, and/or contradicting these conventions may be one way to get into alternative mappings.

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If cartography is contemporary accepted theory and practice, then patacartography and paracartography are mapmaking theories and practices that lie outside the limits of cartography. Dissatisfaction with these limits is rampant, especially when it comes to expressing ranges of human, social, and cultural phenomena. Yet experiments towards alternatives have been circumscribed. One constraint is that we have all so internalized cartographic conventions that we can’t easily think outside them. Undoing, confounding, and/or contradicting these conventions may be one way to get into alternative mappings.