Mapping the Environmental Humanities

The Emerging Role of Geomedia in the Environmental Humanities

This book explores the latest scholarship in this emerging field of study with leading theorists and practitioners who are blazing new trails in the relationship between GIS technologies and the Environmental Humanities.

It was released in the October of 2022 by Lexington Books, a division of Rowman and Littlefield and the book may be purchased through Barnes and Noble.


Mark Terry PhD, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University, Toronto, Canada, and Department of Communications, Faculty of Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada.

Michael Hewson PhD, Senior Lecturer Environmental Geography, School of Education and the Arts, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton Australia.


Along with Mark Terry and Michael Hewson, the following scholars have contributed chapters to this book: Erik Tate, Shahreen Shehwar, Michael John Long, Netta Kornberg, David Jones, Pamela Carralero, Jigme Tsering, David Taylor, and Maria Brown.


“This intriguing book transcends academic disciplines to invite new provocations about maps, stories, images, and places in the digital age. It is a unique contribution to environmental studies that reads like a comet, leaving notable traces and teachings for ecological storytelling including those shared by young people, ecofeminists, Indigenous communities, and geographers.”

Kate Tilleczek, Canada Research Chair in Youth, Education & Global Good, Faculty of Education, York University

“A fascinating look at the various theoretical frameworks, technologies, methods, and approaches to new and emerging applications of geomedia as a communications and pedagogical tool for understanding global issues. The scholars in this book share compelling research and case studies that demonstrate the historical, temporal, and spatial affordances of geo-locative applications that combine to provide additional context to complex global issues currently being studied. This book serves as a resource to using geomedia in these new and productive ways.”

Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability

“This wide-ranging, interdisciplinary anthology brings together original and timely ecocritical work that explores the power of GIS and geomedia to address important questions of environmental justice. Committed to a critical pedagogy firmly rooted in an environmental humanities framework, the chapters in this collection provide valuable resources for researchers, teachers, and policymakers to understand climate shift from a humanities perspective.”

Markus Reisenleitner, Humanities Professor, York University

“Shaping a just and sustainable future requires bold ideas and bold actions. As the editors of this volume argue, mapping is a powerful form of storytelling that can educate, engage, and enable critical reflections on the dire ecological emergency and environmental injustices of our time. The volume chapters span important meta-themes linked to Indigenous scholars’ geographical information methods, integration of cultural with biophysical datasets, and classroom-based engagements. The Emerging Role of Geomedia in the Environmental Humanities is a must read for those wanting to extend possibilities for how we ‘evolve stories that shift’ society in a more just and sustainable direction.”

Alice J. Hovorka, Dean, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University

“It is ever more essential to understand human phenomena in the context of space, place, and our interrelationships with natural systems if we are to have a chance of dealing with a range of complex problems, from indigenous land claims to the global climate crisis. In The Emerging Role of Geomedia in the Environmental Humanities, Terry and Hewson have curated an outstanding set of examples that mobilize the analytic and communicative power of geographic information systems to do this: supporting local voices in participatory processes, representing indigenous culture and lands, exposing gender dynamics in water management, and more. This book is already influencing my own work!”

Martin J. Bunch, Associate Dean, York University