Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography

At the David Rumsey Map Center 

Thursday, October 10th through Saturday, October 12th, 2019



Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography 2019: Gender, Sexuality, Cartography

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

If you have any questions, please contact .
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Organizers: Salim G. Mohammed, David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford Libraries and Dr. Katherine Parker, Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc. 


Using the Center

The David Rumsey Map Center asks that you observe the following guidelines during the conference:

  • Water is welcome in closed containers only.
  • No food or other drinks are allowed.
  • We will provide pencils and writing paper.
  • We welcome cell phones and laptops.
  • Restrooms and water fountains are located on the third and second floors below the Center.
  • Photography of the space and objects are allowed. 

For more, please visit our using the center page.