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If you like puzzling over maps you might be interested in the call for paper to "Subversive Cartographies for Social Change" below or enjoy the collection at WorldMapper.com. The map above represents Transport & Travel Service distribution. It is further explained in this .pdf file.

From the site:

Together, transport and travel services constitute 13.2% of all international exports of goods.

Transport services are the movement of goods and people by air, sea and land. It is because transport services cost money that imports have higher values than exports worldwide - the transport costs are included in the import price.

Travel services mainly include the services and goods that are sold to tourists who visit a place. This might include a guided tour and some postcards. Exports are linked to tourist numbers, but also to the prices that tourists are charged.

Call for Papers, AAG Meeting Boston April 15-19, 2008

Subversive Cartographies for Social Change

Chris Perkins, University of Manchester
J�rn Seemann, Louisiana State University

To be subversive, is to wish to overthrow, destroy or undermine the
principles of established orders. As such subversive cartographies
offer alternative representations to established social and political
norms. Maps are no longer cast as mirrors of reality, instead they
are increasingly conceived as diverse ways of thinking, perceiving
and representing space and place which express values, worldviews and
emotions. Maps are no longer part of an elite discourse: they can
empower, mystify, and enchant. More critical assessements of mapping
increasingly explore subversive contexts strongly associated with
innovative methodological approaches, with mapping seen as an
explicitly situated form of knowledge. This shift has been strongly
facilitated by the increasing popularity of new media, burgeoning
technological change and newly developing mapping spaces (eg
OpenStreetMap, WorldMapper and EmotionMap). So subversive mapping
has an agency (Corner 1999), which can be enacted outside existing
cartographic conventions. It has escaped from the grasp of
cartographers: everybody is mapping nowadays.

This session focuses upon these subversive elements in contemporary
cartographic practice and theory. We invite critical contributions
from researchers concerned with the subversive potential of mapping,
working in the fields of cartography, cultural, social, political,
historical and social geography, ethnic and indigenous geography,
qualitative approaches and allied areas. We are keen to have
contributions from practitioners enacting change and making new maps,
in artistic practice, protest movements, participatory development,
and community activism. The aim is dialogue between academics and
practitioners and with exploring how mapping research can challenge
conventions and become more relevant to more people.


POSSIBLE THEMES:

* New approaches and methods in subversive cartography. What
qualitative and ethnographic approaches are most appropriate for
which mapping circumstances?

* Institutional forms and agency: how do links and flows facilitate
subversive mappings?

* The cultural significance of subversive mapping practices.

* The implications and consequences of technological shifts for
subversive mapping. How does Web 2.0 change the oppositional mapping
world?

* Subversive cartographies created through personal mappings.

* What is the role of mapping aesthetics and artistic practice in
creating subversive cartographies ?

* Can subversive cartographies really work as countermapping to enact
political changes?


Proposed papers in the form of a title and short abstract (250 words
max) should be submitted to Chris Perkins
(c.perkins@manchester.ac.uk) or J�rn Seemann (jseema4@lsu.edu) by
30th September 2007. Further details on the paper requirements and
registration for the AAG meeting are at
http://aag.org/annualmeetings/2008/index.htm

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