Dr Gwilym Eades

Educational background

BSc (University of Victoria), AdvTech (College of New Caledonia), MA (Carleton), PhD (McGill)

Personal profile

Videos about my work:

Contrapuntal Cartographies 

Open Access 

On Naming 


My research is embodied in 4 books:

Maps and Memes: Redrawing Culture, Place, and Identity in Indigenous Communities (McGill-Queen's University Press, Native and Northern Series).

My second scholarly monograph, The Geography of Names: Indigenous to Post-Foundational uses a Kripkean and evolutionary framework to examine geographical naming practices through time.   

My third book (again a scholarly, single-authored monograph) is happily, again, with McGill-Queen's University Press, with the working title Contrapuntal Cartographies: Dialectics of Counter-Mapping.

I am second author on a fourth (forthcoming) book, Mapping, part of the Routledge Key Ideas series (i.e. not an edited volume)


Courses taught:

GG5401 MSc PSD GIS Seminar

GG3090 Critical GIS and the Geoweb

GG2001 GIS analysis

GG1015 Digital Geographies


Publication highlights:


Eades, G.  (forthcoming, 2019).  Contrapuntal Cartographies: Dialectics of Counter-Mapping.  Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Kent, Alexander J. and Eades, G. (forthcoming, 2019).  Mapping (Key Ideas).  Taylor and Francis

Eades, G.  2016. The Geography of Names: Indigenous to Post-Foundational.  Taylor and Francis

Eades, G.  2015.  Maps and Memes: Redrawing Culture, Place, and Identity in Indigenous Communities.   Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press (Native and Northern Series)



Eades, G. and Kent, A. (in review).  Language, Politics, and Counter-Mapping.  

Thorndycraft, V.; Cripps, J.; and Eades, G.  2016.  Digital landscapes of deglaciation: Identifying Late Quaternary outburst floods using LIDAR.  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.

Eades, G. and Zheng, Yingqin.  2014.  Counter-mapping as assemblage: reconfiguring Indigeneity.  IFIP Working Group 8.2 Information Systems and Organisation

Eades, G.  2013.  Toponymic Constraints in WemindjiThe Canadian Geographer, 58(2)

Eades, G.  2012.  Cree EthnogeographyHuman Geography, 5(3)

Eades, G.  2012.  Determining Environmental DeterminismProgress in Human Geography, 36(3)

Eades, G.  2010.  An Apollonian Appreciation of Google EarthGeoforum, 41


Administrative roles:

-Director, Geospatial and Visual Methods Lab (GVML)

-Lab and Field Committee (LFCM)


Learned Societies/Editorships

-Editor, Navigations, Living Maps Review

-Associate Editor, The Cartographic Journal 

-Fellow, Royal Geographical Society

-Fellow, Higher Education Academy

-Member, English Place-Name Society

Research interests

-Language, politics, and counter-mapping

-Indigenous and creative counter-mapping in Canadian and British contexts and settings

-Commemorative cultural selections and tourist route mapping in Cree territory and Scotland

-Contrapuntal Cartographies: new tropes and tools of counter-mapping, leading to monograph contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press (for 2019 publication)

-Transnational (Canadian/British) cartographies and contestations

-Network thinking, actor-network, assemblage, and viral metaphors for visualising and mapping space

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