Student map and poster competition

they mark me out as being trans

By Bethany Craig, University of Kentucky

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This project is intends to make visible the blurriness of temporalities of and on the body in similar ways to how Laurier and Philo (2006) blur the boundaries between time through videography in geographic research by establishing videos as holding a promise that the researcher may be able to go back and examine the past not as past but as the “formerly present” (Garrett 2012, Raffel 1979: quoted in Laurier and Philo, 2006. Emphasis in original). The former present embodies experiences of ‘being in the world’ with a hope of a continual recapturing of stories as they are ‘played and replayed,’ memorialized and re-memorialized, ‘experienced and re-experienced in multiple and newly created presents’ (Garrett 2012: 532, Laurier & Philo. 2006). The map the was each created to embody the former present using QGIS with a mix of XYZ tiles. The maps contain the latitudinal and longitudinal coordination for where the corresponding scar first appeared. The photograph of the participants’ scarring was then overlaid onto the map to match the physical location of where the bodily scar took place. The map intends to illustrate the unresolved, disturbed, and transitional nature of maps both within geographic scholarship and the day-to-day.