Welcome to MADSpace
MADSpace (Mapping ADvertising Space) is the digital companion to a PhD project devoted to the spatial history of advertising in modern Shanghai (1905-1949). This platform stemmed from the frustration experienced as a PhD student in History, who is cutting her teeth in the digital age. Among the huge quantity of materials accumulated during the research process, only a small part will remain in the final printed dissertation. As for visual materials, which are the backbone of my documentation, they will inevitably be "alduterated", and a lot of information will then be lost through the process of "flattening" on the printed page.
As much as it is necessary, this process of drastic selection assumes that a PhD dissertation is a close work - both in the sense of definite and private publication. The book does not allow for preserving and recycling for further research the resources found or produced during the process of writing a dissertation. Moreover, other scholars may also find them valuable for their own research. The problem is that they just ignore their very existence.
I primarily use MADSpace as a comprehensive tool for collecting, organizing and making connections between heterogeneous materials. Playing on quotations and hyperlinks, this platform will eventually serve to deepen, to enrich and to expand the printed version of the dissertation. First designed as a global tool for a specific project, MADSpace will further engage in an endless process of accumulation of both primary materials (archives, photos, printed sources) and secondary resources (maps, tables, graphs, timelines, narratives). This platform is designed as a digital laboratory to reflect upon research experiences and to observe historical scholarship in the making. Its ultimate goal is to encourage sharing and collaboration.
For further information about the classification of materials and the terminology adopted, please see the "User's guide".
Last update on Monday 26 June 2017 (17:00) by C. Armand