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Yahyaoui Krivenko, Ekaterina
Telling Stories with Maps: the Geoweb, Qualitative GIS and Narrative Mapping
Challenging the Narrative of International Law through GIS: Limits and Opportunities
University of Birmingham, UK
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International law is a narrative. It tells us a story about how the world of wars and anarchy became a well-ordered community of peace-loving states. -       Really? - would you ask. -       It is not the reality but the story that matters and this is what the story tells us – would I respond. At the beginning of the story were borders, borders drawn on maps; often drawn by people who knew nothing about the people living on this territory, about their habits and needs or who did not care. These maps and borders are being drawn and re-drawn again and again trying to persuade us about the reality, purposefulness and usefulness of these borders. GIS is conceptualised today as participatory or as being able to integrate people’s stories, but then it always keeps these borders and contributes to their maintenance and maintenance of injustices associated with this border-making and border-mapping. Can GIS be reimagined and used to tell a different story about borders and states? Can GIS ignore state borders? Can GIS ignore states? Obviously, when GIS focuses on local, micro level these states and border might become invisible. However, can we imagine a use of GIS as a tool for creating a global counter-narrative challenging the story we are told by international law? My reflection on these issues will be mostly guided by my understanding of international law (I come from within the discipline) and its narrative interpreted through Giorgio Agamben’s theories on the state of exception and its topology. I will look at the possibilities that latest qualitative use of GIS opens up and its limitations.
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