Geographic information systems (GIS) have spurred a renewed interest in the influenceof geographical space on human behavior and cultural development. Ideally GIS enables humanitiesscholars to discover relationships of memory, artifact, and experience that exist in a particularplace and across time. Although successfully used by other disciplines, efforts by humanists toapply GIS and the spatial analytic method in their studies have been limited and halting. TheSpatial Humanities aims to re-orient—and perhaps revolutionize—humanitiesscholarship by critically engaging the technology and specifically directing it to the subjectmatter of the humanities. To this end, the contributors explore the potential of spatial methodssuch as text-based geographical analysis, multimedia GIS, animated maps, deep contingency, deepmapping, and the geo-spatial semantic web.