Mapping in My Chosen Disciplines: Art History, Education, and French
Mapping always appears in more places than we think. I mean, it’s something we use every single day without even thinking about it. The transition seems almost natural to begin to incorporate it into the things we study and our future careers. As someone who studies art history, education, and French, mapping isn’t always on the forefront of my mind, but it so easily could be.
Take art history, for starters. This is probably the discipline with the most direct connection to mapping. During my freshman year of college, I took a class called Arts of India. A broad topic, to be sure, but it was also rich in geographical information. We had to look at India during its major transitions, such as the introduction of Islamic rulers and British colonization. This drastically changed the borders and city names of various places in the country, but, more importantly for the art history aspect, it changed how art styles flowed and migrated from one place to another. Mapping could be an incredibly useful tool in watching art styles changes over time.
Moving on to education, there are several avenues for mapping. Granted, this begins to delve more into the social sciences, but the application is similar. Test scores, the locations of charter schools, and the teacher-shortage could all be effectively viewed through mapping. This could be taken to a global scale as well as zooming in on specific cities or even halves of cities. I know that, in my county back home in Tennessee, there is a large discrepancy between the two high schools and their performances. Mapping this out geographically would help view different districts and teacher-availabilty and test scores.
Finally, looking at French, this could become an incredibly large mapping project. You could look at anything from the linguistic changes over time to locations of different dialects and French-like languages such as Occitan in the South of France. Mapping could also be used to look at different aspects of French culture such as regional cuisines, famous writers from different places, and what industry is located in which parts of the country.