Making Maps That Tell Stories: An Introduction to Documentary Mapmaking (online)


Maps can do much more than tell us how to get from point A to point B (which is, in itself, a kind of narrative!). Map making is not traditionally considered one of the documentary arts, but there are myriad examples of artists and cartographers who have used maps and atlases to tell rich stories about places and people. In this course we'll learn the basics of what makes a map and practice tools and techniques for creating narrative maps. Students will need to focus on a map-making project of their choosing over the course. While open to all, the class is geared towards students who have an ongoing documentary project and would like to integrate mapping. (20 hours/All Levels)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not physically meet at CDS but will instead take place in a virtual session.

Tim Stallmann is a Durham-based cartographer and a founding member of the Counter-Cartographies Collective. His work focuses on using maps as tools to build community power around racial, economic justice and environmental justice. Tim's maps have been published in Indy Week, Ecotone Journal, and the Annals of the American Association of Geographers. His work in collaboration with the Counter-Cartographies Collective has been widely published and exhibited. Tim is also one of the judges for the Corlis Benefideo Award for Imaginative Cartography. His work can be viewed at

Additional information:
A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully.


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