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Free the map

From Atlas to Hermes: a New Cartography of Borders and Migration

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In his book Free the Map political geographer Henk van Houtum argues for a new visual language for maps.Currently, they often only reflect the perspective of the nation-state

Countless examples of how cartography can deceive us.
- De Volkskrant

Map attack! In Free the Map, a new publication by Henk van Houtum, traditional maps are challenged and new cartographic stories and representations are discussed and encouraged. A must for our readership.
- Defactoborders

> An innovative cartography on borders and migration
> With exciting mapping assignments for Maplabs and education
> On counter-maps showing human relations, experiences, and connections

A map is a visual story of the world. It feeds our imagination and shapes our view of the world. A standard atlas, however, predominantly tells only one story, that of the nation-state. It depicts a world in which people are uniformly packed into national containers, enclosed by borders, and in which migration is often represented as threatening invasion arrows.

Free the Map goes beyond this narrow, state-centric cartography. The book argues for a new cartographic story: a Hermes â€" the grandson of Atlas and the god of mobility and human connections. To this end, it discusses several visually compelling, alternative cartographic representations of borders and migration.

Free the Map ends with a call to action. Various artists and cartographers offer exciting ready-to-use Hermes challenges for education and public Maplabs.

Let’s free the map from its territorial trap!

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ISBN 978-94-6208-812-2 | January 2024 | expected | auteur / author: Henk van Houtum met bijdragen van, o.a. / with contributions by, a.o.: Rodrigo Bueno Lacy, Tofe Al-Obaidi, Catalogtree, Yishay Garbasz, Susanne Khalil Yusef, Nicolas Lambert, Sarah Mekdjian, Ruben Pater, Philippe Rekacewicz, Malkit Shoshan, Jonas Staal, Irene Stracuzzi, Annelys de Vet, Jasmijn Visser, Denis Wood | design: De Vormforensen | English | paperback | 17 x 24 cm | 200 pages | illustrated (92 full color) | in conjunction with: Koninklijke Bibliotheek | with support from: Creative Industries Fund, Pictoright


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