Nick Bauch, Launching Enchanting the Desert, May 16, 2016
Call for Papers: Conference on 'Mapping the Global Imaginary, 1500-1900'
February 14-15, 2019
From Abissinorum sive Pretiosi Joannis imperiu, Mercator, Gerard, 1613.
Maps have long been used to bring imaginary places to life, from Thomas More's Utopia to J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. But the role of the imagination in mapping extends well beyond the depiction of fantasy realms. This conference—co-organized by the Global History and Culture Centre at the University of Warwick and the History Department of Stanford University—is designed to showcase research and facilitate conversation about the role of the imagination in the cartographic enterprise writ large.
Presentations will ideally focus on a handful of particular maps, drawing chiefly on
examples made between 1500 and 1900. Possible themes for exploration include:
- Mapping utopias and dystopias
- Projections of power and competing border claims
- Recidivist cartography
- Maps of alternative futures; maps of alternative pasts
- Topographies of the unknown (uncharted territories)
- Imagining populations, nations, and civilizations
- The fabulous; the monstrous
For more information including abstract submission guidelines click here.
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