As recent contributions to this journal have evidenced, little effort has been made to revise the eroded nexus between cartography and move- ment in mobility thinking, especially when movement is considered in the context of forced and undocumented migration. The existing literature is particularly overshadowed by the emphasis of critical cartography on the deciphering or countering of ideologically driven cartographies that pre- vent experimenting with maps differently, i.e. as multi-expressive experi- ences and navigational performances of migration. The critique of the immobility of maps further obscures the sensitivity of contemporary map studies to new mobile grammars. In this paper, I further complicate the relationship between maps and migration by moving through and beyond the existing critical stance. Drawing on the expressive and action- able qualities of maps in the European migrant crisis, I explore the ‘migrancies’ of maps as evocative visual scripts (iconotexts), emotional mediators (iconobjects) and digital connectors (actionable objects) that are performed differently by the actors involved in migration. Through the revision of the critical cartography and migration nexus within wider ‘migro-mobility thinking’, I advance potential research routes that are both in accord and discordant with the legacy of critical cartography.

The migrancies of maps: complicating the critical cartography and migration nexus in ‘migro-mobility’ thinking

Laura Lo Presti
2020

Abstract

As recent contributions to this journal have evidenced, little effort has been made to revise the eroded nexus between cartography and move- ment in mobility thinking, especially when movement is considered in the context of forced and undocumented migration. The existing literature is particularly overshadowed by the emphasis of critical cartography on the deciphering or countering of ideologically driven cartographies that pre- vent experimenting with maps differently, i.e. as multi-expressive experi- ences and navigational performances of migration. The critique of the immobility of maps further obscures the sensitivity of contemporary map studies to new mobile grammars. In this paper, I further complicate the relationship between maps and migration by moving through and beyond the existing critical stance. Drawing on the expressive and action- able qualities of maps in the European migrant crisis, I explore the ‘migrancies’ of maps as evocative visual scripts (iconotexts), emotional mediators (iconobjects) and digital connectors (actionable objects) that are performed differently by the actors involved in migration. Through the revision of the critical cartography and migration nexus within wider ‘migro-mobility thinking’, I advance potential research routes that are both in accord and discordant with the legacy of critical cartography.
2020
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