The Mexican team participating in the International Map Year at CentroGeo has been very active in organizing IMY-related events. We are very happy to share some of their activities.

Mexican students visiting CentroGeo

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As part of the activities for the International Map Year, 30 Urban Management and Promotion students from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México visited CentroGeo in November.

Researchers from CentroGeo gave small lectures about the production and use of maps in this research center, and the ways different kinds of maps can be used in their work as urban scholars, after which they participated in a “map workshop”. It was a day of sharing mapping experiences, with special thanks to the researchers Elvia Martínez, Rodrigo Tapia, Jorge Montejano and Pablo López, for their collaboration and support.

For the International Cartographic Association, goals for the International Map Year include making maps more visible both to citizens and school children alike in a global context, showing how information technology can be used to obtain geographic information and to produce one’s own maps, and to increase the recruitment of students to cartography and cartography-related disciplines; this visit to CentroGeo helped to achieve these goals.

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Conference about Maps in Geopolitics

el-mapa-en-geopoliticaThe conference “The Map in Geopolitics” was organized by CentroGeo within the International Map Year. Maps are conceptualized as portrayals in two ways: as drawings, “geo-graphings”, and as a staging, a narrative of territory. In this sense, every map has a direct and indirect political purpose. From this fact, maps have a huge democratizing potential. Therefore, maps in Geopolitics have a pedagogic function too. From this perspective, one goal of maps is to encourage the appropriation of territory by its citizens, helping them to understand the territorial dynamics that concern them. Methodologically, maps are the main tool for geopolitics space and time reasoning. This is based on the diatopic analysis (from Greek topos, place and dia, through) and on the diacronic analysis (from Greek cronos, time and dia, through). From the study of time-space dynamics and territorial representations, the evolution of power relationships between stakeholders and the conflicts they generate, geopolitic analysis through maps allows to visualize, identify, and explain strategic territories according to the study object. All of this with the goal on one side to determine relevant territories for field work, and on the other, to generate graphic supplies to set conflict and resolution scenarios.

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Interview about IMY and the role of maps in our daily lives

The events around the International Map Year at CentroGeo attracted interest of the news agency of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). They asked for an interview about the International Map Year and the role that maps play in our daily lives nowadays. The article (in Spanish) can be found at conacytprensa.mx.

Further plans…

This summer the Mexican IMY committee will offer a mapping workshop for kids.

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