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Map Room Ramblings | Atlas Altera

Map Room Ramblings | Atlas Altera

By Telamon Tabulicus
Tired of learning geography and history in an uninspired world? In the Map Room, a cartographer and a geographer sit down and have backstage discussions on all things related to Atlas Altera, a creative exercise that repaints the world while going hardcore on real geography, anthropology, linguistics, and history. Learn awe-inspiring facts about our world as you're sucked into an alternate reality, differently imagined and yet so similar to our own.

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From Race to Lineages & Admixtures - Human Ancestries
This is the first of a series of talks we have to address the idea of the physical differences of human populations in Altera, mainly on shared ancestral lineages and populations being made up of admixtures. The discussions are meant to help compliment the "Old Kin and Humankind" map graphic. In this first discussion, we look at the 24 ancestral clusters identified for Altera, which are informed by real scientific genetic structure studies, in order to surface the fascinating connections but also differences contained within all of us. Other topics covered: race, categorizing population make-up, problems with sampling human populations, the changing face of America, demographic shifts and multiculturalism, genetic "purity" and Indigenous Australians, "African Pygmies" or the Twa and similar rainforest hunter-gathers, the "Negrito" peoples of Southeast Asia, and Masaman's ethno-racial map. Tired of learning geography and history in an uninspired world? Atlas Altera is a creative exercise that repaints the world while going hardcore on real geography, anthropology, linguistics, and history. For more content, visit www.atlasaltera.com or watch the video on YouTube.
27:58
June 2, 2021
Confluences of Culture - Spread of Humankind in Altera through the Lens of Innovations and Technology
Uncut, extra long: this episode covers the spread of humankind through the lens of culture, going from Altera's centres of origin to transoceanic contact. We use the Confluences of Human Culture adornment piece on the Chorographical Depictions world map as a talking piece, ranging from the overstated "cradles of civilization" to more understudied areas of independent crop domestication in the far corners of the world. Other topics covered: the Norse discovery of Vinland, the sweet potato theory of trans-Pacific contact, and other pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact theories, as well as the connection of pirogues and caravels, the Bantu ironworking tradition, Austronesian expansion across two oceans, domestications of the Sahel, the Eastern Woodlands agricultural complex, Australian bush tucker and potential food domestications, the Ainu as oceangoing sailors, Papua as a cradle of civilization, and deltas and river bifurcation! Tired of learning geography and history in an uninspired world? Atlas Altera is a creative exercise that repaints the world while going hardcore on real geography, anthropology, linguistics, and history. For more content, visit www.atlasaltera.com or watch the video on YouTube.
01:05:04
May 7, 2021
How Might the Chinese Map the World? - Altera's Sinosphere
This is a special episode following the Sinosphere themed map posted on Reddit last week. We get right into explaining the layers of meaning and decisions made regarding this epic map. Other topics covered: cardinal directions, wind directions, Suzhou numerals, Chinese classics like Siku Quanshu and the Classic of Mountains and Seas, Matteo Ricci and early Chinese cartography, Sinocentrism and cultural myopia, the Lanfang Republic and the Peranakan konsi as a kind of commonwealth, Ainu itaomachips, euligan or candlefish grease, and mammoth-riding Yukaghirs!   Tired of learning geography and history in an uninspired world? Atlas Altera is a creative exercise that repaints the world while going hardcore on real geography, anthropology, linguistics, and history. For more content, visit www.atlasaltera.com or watch the video on YouTube.
01:11:34
April 6, 2021
Naughty Geography - Global Intercourse
From episode 3's topic on chorography, we explore the idea of globalization and historical understandings of cultural exchange in relation to imperialism and annihilation. Other topics covered: Augusto Pinochet, French Algeria and Albert Camus, deontology and classical liberalism, gunboat diplomacy, neoliberalism and economic globalization, alter globalization, Isaiah Berlin and the two concepts of liberty, the ideals of Enlightenment in the era of postmodernism, cosmopolitanism and global citizenship, culture in the era of atomization and individualism, culture as the backdrop to our stories, culture as flux, tattooing, modernity and the quest for material wealth, the East Asian Tigers experience, Kemalism and political Islam, Orhan Pamuk, Adam Smith, Samuel Huntington and the Clash of Civilizations, and solfoods like snails, witchetty grub, and sandworms! Tired of learning geography and history in an uninspired world? Atlas Altera is a creative exercise that repaints the world while going hardcore on real geography, anthropology, linguistics, and history. For more content, visit www.atlasaltera.com or watch the video on YouTube.
25:13
March 12, 2021
Chorography and the Art of Travel Writing | Atlas Altera
Following episode 2, we go even more theoretical on Atlas Altera, focusing on the antiquated form of regional geography known as chorography. Other topics covered: the history of geography, territory and conquest, landscape and romanticist landscape paintings, possibilism and environmental determinism, Alexander von Humboldt, Carl Sauer, Vidal de la Blache, Friedrich Ratzel, Nazi geography and lebensraum, French imperialism, Wade Davis, and Jared Diamond. Tired of learning geography and history in an uninspired world? Atlas Altera is a creative exercise that repaints the world while going hardcore on real geography, anthropology, linguistics, and history. For more content, visit www.atlasaltera.com or watch the video on YouTube.
23:48
March 7, 2021
Renaming the World - Toponyms
In this episode, we continue to do a general overview of Atlas Altera, focusing on the overall logic used for toponyms. Other topics covered: obscure historical references to people like the Macrobians and Jaga, Germany as an exonym, Polish Sarmatism, Nahuatl locative suffixes, the Inca Road system and the Chinese dao or "circuit" as an administrative system, exporting Sanskrit to Papua and Australia, as well as the the Ossetian connection in the Carpathians, and the Yeniseian link to the Navajo and the Huns. Tired of learning geography and history in an uninspired world? Atlas Altera is a creative exercise that repaints the world while going hardcore on real geography, anthropology, linguistics, and history. For more content, visit www.atlasaltera.com or watch the video on YouTube.
28:50
February 26, 2021
That Map You Won't Be Able to Memorize
In our debut episode, Tristan and Tabouli introduce the world map that became a one-hit wonder on Reddit, and discuss the general themes and overall thinking behind Atlas Altera. A screen capture video version is available on YouTube, where you will be able to access auto-generated captions. Learn awe-inspiring facts about our world as you're sucked into an alternate reality, differently imagined and yet so similar to our own. 
54:02
February 19, 2021