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

October 10-12, 2019 at the David Rumsey Map Center


Susan Schulten

Susan Schulten is professor of history at the University of Denver, where she has taught since 1996. She is the author of A History of America in 100 Maps (2018), Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America (2012), and The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950 (2001), all published by the University of Chicago Press. She is also, with Elliott Gorn, the co-editor of Constructing the American Past: A Sourcebook of a People’s History (2018), published with Oxford University Press. Professor Schulten’s work has been funded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; the Henry Huntington Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2013, the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association awarded Mapping the Nation the Norris Hundley Prize for the most distinguished work of history published in 2012 written by a scholar living in the American and Canadian west. She teaches courses on Civil War and Reconstruction, America at the turn of the century, the history of American ideas and culture, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the Great Depression, the Cold War, war and the presidency, and the methods and philosophy of history.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Image Credit - Nabeel Vega

 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (b. Damascus, 1990) is a visual and performance artist, curator and drag queen who goes by the alias Faluda Islam. Bhutto’s work explores complex histories of colonialism that are exacerbated by contemporary international politics and in the process unpacks the intersections of queerness and Islam through a multi-media practice. Bhutto was curatorial resident at SOMArts Cultural Center where he co-curated The Third Muslim: Queer and Trans Muslim Narratives of Resistance and Resilience and has shown in galleries, museums and theaters globally. He has spoken extensively on the intersections of faith, radical thought and futurity at Columbia University, UC Berkeley, the California College of the Arts, and Mills College. Bhutto is currently based in San Francisco, California where he received an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2016. 


Ryan Conrad

Ryan Conrad is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in Cinema & Media Studies at York University where he is working on a manuscript entitled Radical VIHsion: Canadian AIDS Film & Video. Previously he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Carleton University at the AIDS Activist History Project. He earned a PhD from the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Society and Culture at Concordia University and an MFA in interdisciplinary studio arts from the Maine College of Art. Conrad is also the co-founder of Against Equality (againstequality.org), a digital archive and publishing collective based in the United States and Canada. He is the editor of the collective's anthology series that are compiled together in Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion (2014). He has also contributed single-author and co-authored chapters to several anthologies including: Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of Detention, Deportation, and Illegalization (2020), Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions (2016), The Gay Agenda (2014), Queering Anarchism (2013), and After Homosexual (2013).


Christina E. Dando

Christina E. Dando is Professor of Geography and incoming Chair of the Geography/Geology Department, University of Nebraska Omaha.  Dando is the author of Women and Cartography in the Progressive Era (2018). She is currently expanding this research, considering the maps and geographies created and circulated by minority Americans of the era and preparing an article on anti-lynching maps. In addition to her map history work, Dando studies the impacts of media and technology on human perception and interaction with the environment and the intersections of landscape, media, and gender, often considering the Great Plains and American West landscapes.


Matthew H. Edney

Matthew H. Edney (BSc, University College London, 1983; MS and PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1985 and 1990) is both Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, University of Southern Maine, Portland, and director of the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In the former position, he has been integral to the development of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education. In the latter, he supervises preparation of the award-winning, six-volume The History of Cartography (Chicago, 1987–2024), founded by the late J. B. Harley and David Woodward. More particularly, Edney has edited, with Mary Pedley, Volume Four of the series, Cartography in the European Enlightenment, due to be published in late 2019. The press now provides free public access to the published volumes: www.press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/. Edney is broadly interested in the history and nature of maps and mapping practices, originally in British India (Mapping an Empire [1997]), and then in British North America (e.g., essays on John Smith’s 1616 map of New England, and John Mitchell’s great map of 1755). His most recent book is Cartography: The Ideal and Its History (Chicago, 2019). He blogs at mappingasprocess.net.


John Wyatt Greenlee

John Wyatt Greenlee holds a B.A. in History and Classical Studies from Hamilton College and Master’s degrees in Public Affairs (Park University), History (East Tennessee State University), and Medieval Studies (Cornell University). A varied employment history includes a year spent working for the Pete Seeger-founded quarterly publication Sing Out! Magazine and a decade coaching collegiate volleyball at schools in Tennessee, Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. He has been a guide for whitewater rafting and caving expeditions in East Tennessee, and a researcher for corporate sustainability and global risk with the Conflict Securities Advisory Group. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the program for Medieval Studies at Cornell University, with a focus on cartographic history. He has previously published on mapping in Hawai’i, and his current work focuses on the spatial implications of the cultural history of eels in England during the medieval and early modern periods.


Lisa Hellman

Lisa Hellman is a postdoctoral scholar at the Graduate School Intellectual Global History at Freie Universität Berlin. She formerly worked at Stockholm University and the University of Tokyo, where she wrote her book, This house is not a home: European everyday life in Canton and Macao 1730–1830 (Brill, 2018). She works in the intersection between social, cultural, maritime and global history, with a special focus on gender. Her regional focus is on early modern Central and East Asia, and she has presented on how intercultural interaction changed the lives of the men and women involved on five continents. Due to circumstances beyond her control she will not be presenting at the conference--however, her curated exhibit will be part of the exhibition curated by all speakers at the conference.


Ronak K. Kapadia

Ronak K. Kapadia is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and affiliated faculty in Art History, Global Asian Studies, and Museum & Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. An interdisciplinary cultural theorist of race, security, and empire in the contemporary United States, Kapadia is author of Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War (Duke UP, 2019). This book theorizes the queer world-making potential of contemporary artistic responses to US militarism in the Greater Middle East. Kapadia is also co-editor of the 2017 special issue of Surveillance and Society on race, communities, and informers, and his other works appear in Asian American Literary Review, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Feminist Formations, Verge: Studies in Global Asias, and edited volumes including: Shifting Borders: America and the Middle East/North Africa (AUB Press 2014), Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader (Duke UP 2016), and With Stones In Our Hands: Writings on Muslims, Racism, and US Empire (U Minnesota Press 2018). Kapadia currently co-coordinates the Newberry Library’s Seminar on Gender and Sexuality, and he is researching his second book titled “Breathing in the Brown Queer Commons,” on healing justice in the wilds of imperial decline and ecological chaos.


Lucas LaRochelle

Lucas LaRochelle is a multidisciplinary designer, artist and researcher whose work is concerned with queer geographies, critical internet studies, and community-based archiving. They are the founder of Queering The Map, a community generated counter-mapping project that digitally archives queer experience in relation to physical space. They have lectured, facilitated, and exhibited nationally and internationally, recently at Ars Electronica (Austria), Somerset House (UK), Onomatopee Projects (Netherlands), fanfare (Netherlands), OTHERWISE Festival (Zurich) and SBC Gallery (Canada). Their work and writing has been published in QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK #3 (forthcoming), Diagrams of Power, ROM, Accent, Echelles, and Perfect Strangers, amongst other books and publications. They are currently working on an essay entitled Queering The Map: Designing Queer Space in the Digital which will be included in Queer Sites in Global Contexts: Technologies, Spaces, and Otherness, forthcoming from Routledge. In 2019 they were the inaugural Curatorial Fellow at The Curatorial and Public Scholarship Lab, and are an upcoming artist-in-residence at Studio XX, where they will be developing an artificial intelligence trained on the data of Queering The Map.


Padma D. Maitland

Padma D. Maitland is assistant professor of architectural history and theory at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. He is also an affiliate of the Center for South Asia at Stanford. He holds a PhD in Architecture from UC Berkeley and is currently a PhD Candidate in South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley.


Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker

Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Professor Emerita of Asian Art History, held the Carver Endowed Professorship in Asian Studies in the Department of Art and Art History at Mills College.  She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her early work focused on traditional Indian and Indonesian art for which she wrote on and curated exhibitions including The Image of Women in Indian Art, and Myths and Symbols in Indonesian Art. In 1997 she curated Women Artists of India: A Celebration of Independence, an exhibition that was part of the Festival of India that celebrated India’s fifty years of independence from British colonial rule. She has written extensively on and curated exhibitions of Asian American artists. She has received many fellowships and awards and recently was an NEH fellow at the Institute for Asian American Art, New York University.  She is a founding member of SACHI (Society for Art and Cultural Heritage of India) and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Society for Asian Art, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. She also serves on national and international art organization boards.


Allyson M. Poska

Allyson M. Poska is Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia and the author of four books: Gendered Crossings: Women and Migration in the Spanish Empire (New Mexico, 2016), winner of the 2017 best book prize from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women; Women and Authority in Early Modern Spain: The Peasants of Galicia (Oxford, 2005), winner of the 2006 Roland H. Bainton Prize for best book in early modern history or theology; Women and Gender in the Western Past (2 vols. coauthored with Katherine French, Houghton-Mifflin, 2006), and Regulating the People: The Catholic Reformation in Seventeenth-Century Spain (Brill, 1998). I coedited The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (with Jane Couchman and Katherine McIver, Ashgate, 2013). I am also coeditor of the book series “Women and Gender in the Early Modern World” with University of Nebraska Press (with Abby Zanger) and of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal (with Bernadette Andrea and Julie Campbell).  My research has been funded by grants from the NEH, the ACLS, the APS, and CAORC.


Margaret Pritchard

Margaret Pritchard was appointed Deputy Chief Curator at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in 2015. Prior to this position she served for 35 years as Senior Curator of Prints, Maps, and Wallpaper at Colonial Williamsburg. Margaret has published several books and numerous essays and articles relating to the collections for which she was responsible. Her most recent publication was a comprehensive catalog of the map collection at Colonial Williamsburg, Degrees of Latitude: Mapping Colonial America. She has also published books and essays on various natural history artists, wallpaper, and topics relating to colonial Virginia history. She currently serves on the boards of the Williamsburg Community Foundation, the Decorative Arts Trust, Drayton Hall Plantation, and the Advisory Board of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.


Patricia Seed

Patricia Seed is author of the Oxford Map Companion: One Hundred Maps in World History (Oxford, 2014), “Cartography and Empire” with John Mckenzie in the Encyclopedia of Empire, and a “A Map is not a Picture” in David Goldberg and Patrick Svensson eds., Digital Restoration of Historical Maps. In addition, she created a prize-winning map of rising sea levels on the West African coast and, as a result, represented the American Association of Geographers at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech. She is currently writing a history of coastline maps.


Judith Tyner

Judith Tyner is Professor Emerita at California State University Long Beach where she taught for 37 years. She received her Ph.D. in 1974 from the Geography Department of UCLA. Tyner is the author of four textbooks on map reading and map design, and a book on needlework maps and globes, Stitching the World:  Embroidered Maps and Women’s Geographical Education.  She has written over forty scholarly articles on a wide range of cartographic subjects including lunar cartography, persuasive cartography, history of atlases, cloth maps, and women in cartography.  She is currently completing a book on the history of American women in cartography that will be published in late 2019.


Michael G. Vann

Michael G. Vann is a professor of world history at California State University, Sacramento. A specialist in the history of imperialism in Southeast Asia, his most recent book is The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Empire, Disease, and Modernity in French Colonial Vietnam (Oxford, 2018). A two-time Fulbright Senior Scholar, Vann has taught at universities in Indonesia, Cambodia, and China. His current research explores images of Cold War era mass violence in Southeast Asian museums.


Anna Fore Waymack

Anna Fore Waymack holds a B.A. in English and Medieval Studies from Brown University, an M.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.A. in Medieval Studies from Cornell University, where she is currently a doctoral candidate. Her dissertation focuses on the social constructions of aging and the role of old age in fourteenth-century English literature. She has also published on medieval representations of sexual assault, especially in Chaucer, and is an active advocate for shared governance, Title IX issues, and the prevention of sexual violence in academia.