Current Events  


Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Book Launch with Thomas Mullaney: The Chinese Deathscape

Image Credit - Lydia Daniller 

On May 23rd, 2019 the Rumsey Map Center will host a book launch and talk with Professor Thomas Mullaney.  

In the past decade alone, ten million corpses have been exhumed and reburied across the Chinese landscape. The campaign has transformed China's graveyards into sites of acute personal, social, political, and economic contestation. Join Stanford historian Thomas S. Mullaney as he introduces the cutting-edge Digital Humanities volume, The Chinese Deathscape, just published by Stanford University Press.

A reception in the Rotunda of Green Library will follow the talk.


Doors Open: 3.45 pm
4.15 pm: Thomas Mullaney
5.45 pm: Center Closes, Reception in Rotunda Follows

Co-sponsored by the Stanford University Press

The event is free, but requires advance registration please register here.



Thursday, May 30, 2019 | Murals of Tibet: A talk with Photographer Thomas Laird


Cover images from Murals of Tibet, Taschen, 2019.


On May 30, 2019 the Rumsey Map Center will host a talk titled Murals of Tibet with photographer Thomas Laird. Hidden amidst soaring snowy mountains, deep valleys, and desolate deserts are some of the greatest treasures of Buddhist culture and Tibetan heritage. For more than a decade, photographer Thomas Laird traveled the length, breadth, and far-flung corners of Tibet’s plateau to capture the land’s spectacular Buddhist murals in all their sublime vastness, intricacy, and their spiritual, emotional, and psychological enrichment. 


Doors Open: 2.30 pm
3.00 pm: Thomas Laird
4.45 pm: Center Closes

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Co-Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford

The event is free but pre-registration is required. Please sign up here.


Registration is Open!: Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography 2019: Gender, Sexuality, Cartography | October 10-12, 2019


From: Bowen, Frances, 1810

The second biennial Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography will take place October 10-12, 2019. Following on from our successful first conference in 2017, the three-day event will include a keynote, research papers from a variety of scholars, and an exhibition that will debut at the event. Register here.

For this year’s meeting, all the papers will focus on the relationship between gender, sexuality, and cartography. While some scholars have examined the interplay of gender identities and mapping, particularly with regard to the role of women as buyers and sellers in the historical map market, this work remains isolated and has yet to make a significant impact on the wider field. This conference hopes to offer a counterpoint to this trend by bringing together diverse approaches and hosting interdisciplinary discussions.

While all the invited speakers are experts in maps and mapping, they will also bring their specialties in queer, women’s, and gender studies to bear on the nuanced ways in which maps are conditioned by and help to construct, and transgress, gendered and sexualized norms and spaces. Paper topics include mapping masculinity in French Vietnam, women in American cartographic history, the gendered cartographic language of medieval texts, the digital mapping of homosexual spaces, and much more. On Saturday, the conference has a focus on Art and its intersection between gender, sexuality and cartography. A separate Saturday-only registration is available.

Our keynote speaker is Professor Susan Schulten, from the University of Denver. She will share her research on the pioneering female mapmaker Emma Willard. As a special bonus, the conference will also host an artists’ roundtable in which artists and activists will discuss maps as a medium for the visual expression of place, gender, and sexuality.

There is an all-conference fee, reduced fee for students and a Saturday-only registration fee. All registered attendees (except for the Saturday only registration, which limits attendance to Saturday events only) will have access to the opening reception and keynote, all the speaker panels, the conference exhibition, and coffee/tea throughout the three-day event. Activities will take place at the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University’s Cecil H. Green Library.

Preliminary Program

Thursday, October 10, 2019

3:00 pm: Center opens, Registration begins
4:00 pm: Keynote Lecture
5:30 pm: Center closes

5:15-6:30 pm: Opening Reception

Friday, October 11, 2019

10:00 am: Session 1: Maps, gender, and European culture
12:00 pm: Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm: Session 2: Women in the US history of cartography
3:00 pm: Coffee break
3:30 pm: Session 3: The gendered cartography of empire
5:30 pm: End of day, Center closes

Saturday, October 12, 2019

10:30 am: Snacks and Coffee
11:00 am: Session 4: Queer cartographies, art, and activism
12:30 pm: Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm: Session 5: Art, gender, and mapping roundtable
3:30 pm: Closing remarks
4:00 pm: Center closes

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Organizers: Salim G. Mohammed, David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford Libraries and Dr. Katherine Parker, Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc. 

Past Events


  • May 10, 2019 California Map Society/Rumsey Map Center Annual Lecture. For more information visit this page.
  • April 25, 2019, Coordinates: Maps and Art Exploring Shared Terrain | Exhibit Opening and Symposium of talks| Exhibition dates April 25 - September 30,2019. For more information visit this page.
  • April 13, 2019, California Map Society Northern California Spring Conference.  For more information visit this page.
  • April 11, 2019, City Models from Panstereorama to the Present, a talk with Patrick Ellis. For more information visit this page.
  • March 6, 2019, Talk with Betsy Mason: All over the Map. For more information visit this page.
  • March 4, 2019, Sesquicentennial Celebration oof the Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Featuring the 66-foot-long Judah Map and talks by Richard White and Hilton Obenzinger.For more information visit this page.
  • February 14-15, 2019, Conference on 'Mapping and the Global Imaginary, 1500-1900' For more information visit this page.
  • February 13, 2019, Talk with Chet Van Duzer: New Research on Urbano Monte's 1587 World Map. For more information visit this page.
  • December 6, 2018, Dr. Ed Lu: Charting the High Frontier of Space. For more information visit this page.
  • November 6th, 2018, Mapping Activism. For more information please visit this page and explore the Activism@Stanford exhibit.
  • November 5th, 2018, Panel Discussion: Nature in the City Map. For more information please visit this page.
  • October 24th, 2018, Drawing a continent by hand: a pictorial map of North America. For more information please visit this page.
  • October 18th, 2018, Historical Atlas of Hasidism by Professor Marcin Wodziński. For more information please visit this page. 
  • April 24th, 2018, Understanding Ice: The James B. Case Memorial Symposium. For more information please visit this page.
  • April 5th, 2018, California Map Society Annual Talks and Essay Competition Winner. Men, Myths, and Maps by Imre Demhardt; and Enlightened cartography: Mapping Imperial Russia by Ken Neff.
    For more information visit this page. 
  • March 15th, 2018, Exemplars of Cartography through maps of the Holy Lands. For more information explore the digital collection in Seachworks.
  • March 5th, 2018, Student Activism at Stanford: Map Launch. For more information explore the Activism@Stanford exhibit.
  • February 23, 2018, Making the World Go 'Round: How Urbano Monte Created his Map of 1587. For more information visit this page. 
  • December 7, 2017, Petr Pridal Talk: Old Maps Online, GIS, and Cutting-Edge Technology. For more please visit this page.
  • November 15, 2017, GIS Day. For more, please visit this page.
  • Asian Representations and Constructions of Space
  • May 10, 2018, Maps and Ships: Maritime Trade in the China Seas from the 16th to 18th Centuries. For more information visit this page.
  • March 15, 2018, Visualizing Time and Space through Foreign Eyes in Medieval China: From the Śārdūlakarāvadāna to Amoghavajra’s Xiuyao jing. For more information visit this page.
  • February 12, 2018, Illuminating the World before 1492: China, the Islamic World, and the Cross-Cultural Mapping of Asia; for more information visit this page.
  • October 12, 3pm-5pm; Eric Huntington (Postdoctoral Fellow, Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford): "Frames of Scale and Geo-Spatial Transformations in the Buddhist Maṇḍala”. For more, visit this page.
  • October 26, 10am-12pm; Jon Felt (Assistant Professor of History, Brigham Young University): "The Empire and the Ecumene: Regionalism After the Han Empire" For more, visit this page.
  • November 27, 10am-12pm; a Joint session with Kären Wigen (Professor of History, Stanford University) and D. Max Moerman (Professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Cultures, Barnard College, Columbia University): "Imagining 'Asia': Foreign and Native Worldviews in Constructions of Early Modern Japanese Cartography”. For more, please visit this page.
  • November 10, 2017, Time in Space: Representing Time in Maps.  For further information, visit this website.Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography, October 19-21, 2017. For more more information, go to the website here.
  • May 20th, 2017, 8.30 am - 9 pm: California Map Society Meeting (One Day Conference, including map talks): Registration and fees. Please visit this page for details.
  • May 4th, 2017, 6 pm: Essay Competition Winner + Richard Brown and Paul Cohen Talk: Free, but registration required. Please Visit this page for details.