Multi-Perspective Visualisation Laboratory for Peace and Conflict Cartography (VisLab)

The Multi-Perspective Visualisation Laboratory for Peace and Conflict Cartography (VisLab) is part of the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde – IfL). The VisLab aims to strengthen IfL’s competence in the production of maps and geovisualisations addressing conflicts in Eastern Europe, but also to develop critical approaches and methods for analysing maps produced by various actors. The VisLab aims to understand how cooperation partners and conflict parties represent their specific interests in national, state and independent cartography. This means looking at how maps produce, represent and interpret different positions and relations in conflict and cooperation, but also thinking about how their different spatial and temporal perspectives are experienced and mediated.

We start from the approach of critical cartography and systematic analysis of conflict visualisations to gain an understanding of how they are produced within specific regimes and technologies of visibility, and how they (re)produce cultural myths and advocate for specific spatial histories.

These critical insights will provide inputs for prototyping visualisation methods and tools, not only by creating maps and geovisualisations, but also by experimenting with diverse media and design approaches. In doing so, the VisLab gathers visual material from the KonKoop network to engage in collaborative analysis and discussion. By supporting KonKoop researchers in visualising their data and findings, we explore and articulate how visualisations can engage with different scientific perspectives and communicate to diverse audiences. In addition, by advising the KonKoop network and collaborative map-making, the VisLab aims at translating its methodological approach into self-learning visualisation modules for researchers and practitioners.

Peace and Conflict Cartography

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Visualising Peace and Conflict

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Training and Education

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