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Memory Map (20%, due 28 August 2020)

Explore this project, then write a web page of about 1000 words covering at least the following points:

  1. Aside from the presentation, can you identify specific digital elements? (Saying that this is a digital humanities project because it is online is not enough, but you can discuss specific aspects of the presentation which are only possible because of the medium).
  2. The work is part of a larger project that identifies itself as a folklore project. Can you think of two other humanities disciplines to which this work might contribute? Explain your answer.
  3. Give an example where you think an element other than text gave you a strong sense of place and briefly discuss why you think it was effective.

Refer to at least two online sources and at least two traditional publications


The main project site has links to some similar projects which can be used as comparisons (take a look at City of Memory for New York) as well as websites with more information about the history of Cork. The following article situates the project in theoretical and methodological contexts:

O’Carroll, Clíona. “Public folklore operating between aspiration and expediency: The Cork Folklore Project.” Irish Journal of Anthropology 16.1 (2013): 23-29.


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Documenting a place (30%, due 9 October 2020)

Provide five pieces of material which document one place. The five items must include: a map, a sound file, an image (video is included under this heading), and a piece of text which you did not write. For each item, you must also provide up to 200 words of commentary explaining why the item is included and discussing any decisions and problems you encountered in finding or producing it.

You are free to choose any place to document, but we suggest that there are advantages to choosing somewhere on campus: it is handy and you can use material from the university archives, including images from MONPIX.


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Somewhere on earth – places and locales
(Major Project, 10% presentation, 30% submission, due November 16 2020)

What is a locale? Here are two definitions:

‘Locale is the geographic place at which there is or was human activity. [One sentence omitted] Locale indicates locations of present more dispersed, periodic or temporary human activity, such as a crossroad, a camp, a farm, a landing, a railroad siding, a ranch, a windmill or one of any of the various types of agricultural, communication, infrastructure or transport stations where human activities are carried out.

Locale also indicates locations of former locales and incidents of human activity, such as a battlefield or historic site, former locations of populated places such as a ghost town or ruins or an archaeological site.’


‘A spatial context or setting for action comprised of material elements as well as of sets of social norms and culturally shared values, to be understood as a material, socioeconomic, and sociocultural constellation of action with inter-subjective shared meaning contents. Therefore, it is an action-related concept that cannot be turned into an objective fact or generalized as a social category, having the same meaning for members of a society (in a certain region).’

Werlen, B. 2009. Regionalisations, Everyday. In Rob Kitchin & Nigel Thrift (eds.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 286–293. Oxford: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-008044910-4.00670-2. (electronic resource)

Choose a place which has value to you for personal or cultural reasons (or both). Some examples are the farm your great-grandfather worked, a place of worship you attend, or the place where you participate in a sporting activity.

NB: You cannot choose the place which you documented in Task 2.

Your task is to assemble evidence of various kinds such as:

images (perhaps including maps)
sounds (perhaps including interviews)
published material

and to present these materials as a webpage (or pages) making the case that your chosen location is a locale in at least one of the senses above. You will use text to link your pieces of evidence and to construct an argument based on them; the text component should be around 2000 words.

Agnew, John A. 2011. Space and Place. The SAGE Handbook of Geographical Knowledge, 316–330. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. doi:10.4135/9781446201091. [pdf]

Bodenhamer, David J., John Corrigan & Trevor M. Harris. 2010. The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship. Indiana University Press. Chapter 2: The Potential of Spatial Humanities ((pp14-30)

Werlen, B. 2009. Regionalisations, Everyday. In Rob Kitchin & Nigel Thrift (eds.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 286–293. Oxford: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-008044910-4.00670-2. (electronic resource) (This is a dense read – but it will give you a sense of different ways of thinking about the role of space in people’s lives).

houshamadyan – A project to reconstruct Ottoman Armenian town and village life  – Look under the Theme: Locale


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(10%, across the semester)

Quizzes on set readings:
There will be a short Moodle quiz on the set readings each week. Students are required to complete 10 of the twelve quizzes. One mark
will be awarded for each completed quiz, subject to meeting hurdle requirements specified below. If the hurdle requirements are not
completed, a penalty of 5 marks will apply to this assessment component.

Hurdle Requirements:
1. Referencing Exercise (Week 3 Tutorial)
These are the bibliographic details for an important recent contribution to debate about the history of and methods in the humanities:
Turner, James. 2014. Philology: the forgotten origins of the modern humanities. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
And this is an important review article making a further contribution to the debate and a reading for week 3:
Collini, Stefan. 2015. Seeing a Specialist: the Humanities as Academic Disciplines. Past & Present 229(1). 271–281. doi:10.1093/pastj
To carry out this exercise you have to:

  • Find two online reviews of Turner’s book (don’t worry, there are plenty of them out there!)
  • Create a webpage consisting of a paragraph of connected prose which mentions Turner’s book and the three reviews of it.
  • Include citations and bibliography entries for all four sources with links between them as shown in the week 3 tutorial.

Note: We are not interested in the content of your paragraph; you do not have to read the sources (except Collini’s article), you just have
to put together a few sentences which mention all of them.

2. Walking tour exercise (week 7)
In week 7 (or before), you will experience one of the app-guided walking tours specified on the unit website. To document this, you must make a webpage which includes a selfie of you at the location on the tour which you liked best, along with a few sentences saying why you liked that site and what you learned about it from the app.