Benjamin R. Hall
Cartographer by day, anthropologist by night
Rough guide to recording location information in the field
This guide accompanies a lecture I am giving to applied anthropology students at the University of Queensland. Think of it as cultural heritage fieldwork on a shoestring. Students should step through this HOWTO guide before the fieldwork component of the course.
Clearing curses, commanding crocodiles: observations of atypical events in rural Solomon Islands
This is my first publication! In the article I analyse the way rural Solomon Islanders tell wondrous stories about themselves and how these stories relate to the politics of logging and land disputes (among other things).
Queensland Globe and the rise of the citizen-user
States have been the purveyors of fine maps for centuries. But the citizens these states serve are now transgressive social media identities. In this piece, I reflect on the changing character of the citizen in the era of planetary scale computing and offer some suggestions for what this might mean for maps and mapping in the future.
Map Case: Brisbane's Flood Awareness Map
In this map review, I discuss Brisbane’s Flood Awareness Map and provide some suggestions on how to improve the design through the use of multiple maps of the same extent.
Upcoming paper: The role of maps in the politics of seabed mining around Groote Eylandt
This paper is to be presented at the SSSI conference in May. In it I discuss the recording and mapping of indigenous knowledge about saltwater country.
An introduction to my recent projects, work history and research interests.