The following links and page below provide some examples of my mapping work. Some of this work I have done with historical maps and data, and with the free open-source program qgis. Maps are always partial and power-laden representations, they are always produced, circulated, and viewed from certain perspectives that are never entirely neutral or objective. My map work emphasizes how places are formed and transformed through peoples’ interconnections. I emphasize a critical approach to using recent digital mapping technologies to understand power, states, and everyday practices. Such an approach can help to make sense of the complexity of even what seem like ordinary places. And it helps to understand the ways in which complex geographical relations have changed over time.
My current research has several focuses. I hope to contribute to improving rural livelihoods through better tailored infrastructure. I examine how contemporary transport infrastructure in Angola is being reconstructed and used in relation to the histories of labor in the construction of road networks for colonial administration and settler plantations. Another related focus is examining comparative patterns of early colonial village resettlements concentrated along roads in the broader region encompassing both northern Angola and southern DR Congo. Some of the implications (practical, political, and intellectual) from my mapping work are summarized in the poster presentation below.
- Water & the 1961 Kassanje Revolt
- Pre-Colonial Paths in Africa
- Two Concessions in Malanje, Angola
- Road & Path Networks over Time in Malanje
- Roads & Paths in Malanje c.1961
- Angola & Ndongo 1500s-1600s
- Poster on Cartographic Constructions of Northern Angola
- 2012 Angola Election Results
- The Baixa de Kassanje, Angola, c. 1961
- Kindonga Islands, Kwanza River
[corrected version] From Water: An Atlas, Oakland: Guerrilla Cartography, 2018, 128-129.
Paths and Routes in Africa before 1892, in (2018) ‘Changing Paths and Histories: Mapping Pre-Colonial Connections in Africa,’ Radical History Review 131 (May): 170.
Two Large Land Concessions in Malanje, from ‘Trajectories of Large-Scale Land Dynamics in Angola,’ Land Use Policy, 2017.
Historical Transformations of the Road Network in Malanje Province, Angola, 1892-1961, from my presentation ‘Infrastructure as Archive: Reading Colonial Road Maps for Histories of Forced Labor,’ for the panel Geographies of Infrastructure, State-Making and Political Subjectivity, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, April 5-9, 2017.
Roads and Paths in Malanje Province, Angola, c.1961, from my presentation ‘Infrastructure as Archive: Reading Colonial Road Maps for Histories of Forced Labor,’ for the panel Geographies of Infrastructure, State-Making and Political Subjectivity, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, April 5-9, 2017.
Portuguese Angola & Ndongo ca.1550-1663, Kongo & Ndongo ca.1550, Portuguese Angola & Ndongo ca.1622, Portuguese Angola & Ndongo ca.1649, and Portuguese Angola & Ndongo-Matamba ca.1663, in Linda Heywood, Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017.
from ‘Spatialities of Power in Africa: Cartographic Constructions of Continuity and Change,’ Poster, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, March 31, 2016.
Angola 2012 electoral results by municipality (darker shading indicates higher percentage to the MPLA); from my 2015 Phd Dissertation, based on CNE data.
The Baixa de Kassanje (lowlands of Kassanje), Angola, in ‘Rethinking the 1961 Baixa de Kassanje Revolt: Towards a Relational Geo-History of Angola,’ Mulemba: Revista Angolana de Ciências Sociais [Angolan Journal of Social Sciences], 2015.
Pungo Andongo & Kindonga Islands, Kwanza River, north-central Angola