Ce n’est pas le monde- Zahra Lokhandwala

Ce n’est pas le monde carries an objective to provide the readers an epiphany about maps. As discussed Maps are defined with a platter of terms which are often inaccurate due to the ambiguity birthed by the veracity of its representation and purpose. John Krygier tries to breaks down the argument presented by Denis Wood which stated that, “Maps are propositions”. Maps of a place do not ‘Represent’ it because the details are subjective and are completely dependent on the Cartographer; A symbol used by ‘Cartographer A’ for a place of worship maybe different than what ‘Cartographer B’ has used. Similarly, maps drawn for areas whose definitions isn’t acknowledged by all can’t be regarded as representations, as again, the resulting maps will not be definite as it will ‘represent’ the perspectives of the Cartographer; For example, (As also mentioned in Ce n’est pas le monde) The Maps presented by the Indian Side will have inclusion of Kashmir in its entity contrary to the beliefs of the Pakistani counterparts who will also acknowledge Kashmir as a part of its entity. Denis Wood divulged in his Essay that Maps are propositions because they ‘Affirm’ (Or even Assert) the placement and existence of a substance rather than bluntly proving and concluding the same therefore, not infringing the beliefs of an individual while at the same time putting across the alleged facts.

To Conclude, It may not be possible to give a map which is comprehensive but that doesn’t mean we can’t make maps. Maps can be made in accordance to an individual in order to cater to his objectives. Therefore, making it more qualified to hold regard as a proposition.


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This website is a compilation of work done by students of INDUS University, Ahmedabad. The course was a two week long module where they engaged with mapping and unfloding the many layers of small public spaces in Ahmedabad city. This course was taught by Mansi Shah

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