Everyone plays. Kids and adults. Men and women. Uptight or relaxed. Tall or short, from any place on the Earth and with any skin colour. We play with our hair and our food. We play when we tease our friends and family about their weird habits. We play videogames and boardgames. We roleplay as practice for a big interview or new job, or just for fun. Play is a natural part of being human, and even if we don't realise it we all spend at least some of the time every day playing. Ludiphilia is a highly-polished, thoroughly-edited collection of stories about how and why we play.


Episode 12: Playful Mapping

Geographer Chris Perkins, co-author of the book Playful Mapping in the Digital Age, shares his love of maps and helps me explore the deep connection between mapping and play.

Thanks to my awesome Patreon backers for covering my running costs and keeping the show alive. And special thanks to my $5+ supporters Anuar Lequerica, Nick, Torbjørn Vik Lunde, and Watchsmart.

Relevant links:

  • Playful Mapping in the Digital Age
  • Chris Perkins' page at the University of Manchester website
  • Brian Harley's final major project before he died was co-authoring the first chapter (PDF) of The History of Cartography
  • The Atlas of Remote Islands book on Amazon US, UK, AU, Book Depository (these are all affiliate links, so I'll get a bit of money if you buy it through one of them)
  • There's also a pocket-sized version of that book, available at Amazon US, UK, AU, and Book Depository via this (second) set of affiliate links
  • Rhiannon Firth, Critical cartography as anarchist pedagogy?
  • Bill Bunge's Nuclear War Atlas poster
  • The Nuclear War Atlas book is out of print, but I found copies listed on Amazon (affiliate link) and AbeBooks
  • I also found this blog post about the book. Includes a handful of page scans.

I make Ludiphilia entirely on my own — I even compose the music now. It's a labour of love, and I have no plans of quitting as long as I can afford to pay the hosting and domain fees, but I would very much like to spend more time on it than I currently do. That requires money, unfortunately.

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