The Potentials and Challenges of Digitally Mapping Indigenous Presence, Dr. Salma Monani, Working Wednesdays

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The Potentials and Challenges of Digitally Mapping Indigenous Presence
Dr. Salma Monani

What does it mean to map Indigenous presence onto lands that have been appropriated by settler colonialism? This talk examines the challenges and potentials of re-inscribing Indigenous geographies onto the regions surrounding Gettysburg College through a digital mapping project. The project emerges out of the Land Acknowledgment Statement process recently instituted by the college, which is located in the traditional homelands of the Susquehannock/Conestago, Seneca and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Leni Lenape, Shawnee and other Indigenous Nations.


Portrait of a smiling Dr. Salma Monani with text and a blue underline

Salma Monani is Chair and Professor at Gettysburg College’s Environmental Studies department. She has extensively published on explorations of Indigenous ecomedia, film and environmental justice, and is co-editor of three anthologies. She is currently working on a monograph: Indigenous Ecocinema: Decolonizing Media Landscapes (contract with University of West Virginia). She regularly works with her undergraduate students on research projects, such as the digital mapping project she will discuss here.

PPEH offers a lunch series, Working Wednesdays, designed to showcase in-progress Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) straddling theoretical and practical environmental concerns. These sessions take place on Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 sharp.

All sessions are open to the Penn community but require RSVP. Grab a lunch and join us on Zoom!