Jamon Van Den Hoek is a geographer and remote sensing scientist. He pursues satellite imagery and machine learning approaches to document social-environmental consequences of armed violent conflict, and uses novel assemblages of geospatial datasets to counter dominant statist perspectives of human and environmental security. His current conflict ecology research examines the effects of the American drone campaign on agrarian livelihoods in Pakistan, the manifestation of damage in Aleppo over the course of the Syrian civil war, and spatially explicit relationships linking violent extremism and food security in Nigeria.
Van Den Hoek is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Geospatial Science at Oregon State University and was previously a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from 2012-2015. He completed his PhD in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow from 2007-2010.
By Any Lens Necessary: A Satellite Image Account of Conflict (lecture)
Mainstream approaches to mapping violent conflict cannot capture a conflict’s tempo, geographic diffusion, or long- term effects. Pre-conflict base maps are overwritten by rubble. Conflict chronology is interpolated rather than observed. Populations are displaced beyond view. While a single satellite image remains anecdotal — partial and relative — Jamon van den Hoek present the results of using repeat satellite measurements to chronicle the immediate and cascading effects of conflict in Aleppo and Pakistan, and chronic conditions in 922 refugee camps across 60 countries.
Maps exist for us to make it easier to navigate the world. They offer us insight and overview. The creation of a map is not only a political but also a powerful act — to chose to look and frame a subject and to apply a specific scope and scale. It means to carve out a point of view and back it up by the settings chosen. However, too often we forget the politics lying at the bedrock of our maps. What perspectives stay hidden underneath the folds of our maps and what maps are missing entirely? Strategies of Counter-Mapping presents three strategies of counter-mapping.
Sun 26 Feb
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Eyal Weizman is an architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Sun 26 Feb
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Ingrid Burrington writes, makes maps, and tells jokes about places, politics, and the weird feelings people have about both.