Moralized Cartography

I am developing a series of digital maps that I call “moralized road maps.” My first map, “La Bestia,” built using QGIS, depicts the migration route from Central America to the United States by charting a chapter from Salvadoran journalist Óscar Martínez’s 2010 book Los migrantes que no importan (translated into English as The Beast in 2013). Inspired by Potawatomi geographer Margaret Pearce’s “emotional geographies” of colonial Canada, and by medieval and early-modern allegorical geographies, moralized road maps are intended to be a critical cartography that uses the map as a document for geographic witnessing, in which the allegorical view from nowhere is implicated in moral reflection.