Re-Mapping Sovereignty Conference

Re-Mapping Sovereignty Conference, May 26-27, 2022

Diagrametic Sketch Map of Cooch behar district showing enclaves. Date unknown.


Due to Stanford's campus opening to the public, we are excited to announce that registrants of the Re-Mapping Sovereignty Conference may attend the conference either in-person or virtually via Zoom. Please note that physical attendance is limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, in compliance with Stanford University COVID procedures. All of the talks will be recorded and available a few weeks after the conference.

In-Person Registration

Panels Zoom Registration

Keynote Registration

Panels and Speakers

Day 1: Thursday, May 26


Welcome remarks


Kären Wigen and G. Salim Mohammed

Panel I


Concepts and Frameworks

Moderator: Kären Wigen

 Jordan Branch

Reconceptualizing the State and its Alternatives:

Ideas, infrastructures, representations

 Franck Billé

Scattered, Distorted, Voluminous:

On Cartographic Representation in Political Geography

Break 2-2:15pm  

Panel II


Political Mapping in Early Eastern Asia

Moderator: Martin Lewis

 Peter Bol Maps for Failed States 
 Lhamsuren Munkh-Erdene From People to Territory: Sovereignty Transformed?
Break 3:15-4:45  



Barbara Mundy Indigenous Sovereignty Out of Time

Day 2: Friday, May 27


Panel III


Shared Landscapes in Early Modern Eurasia          

Moderator: Abby Rumsey 

 Ali Yaycioglu  

Claiming Space, Sharing Place:

Economy of Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire

 Valerie Kivelson Sovereignty and Indeterminacy in Siberia in the 17th-early 18th Centuries

Break 11-11:30am


Panel IV


Borders and their Discontents

Moderator: Marie Price

 Guntram Herb Erasing the Other: Maps, bordering, and sovereignty
 Alec Murphy  

Sovereignty Challenges at Interstate Borders:

Where and How History Matters

Lunch 12:30-1:30pm


Panel V


Visualizing fragmented polities 

Moderator:  Kären Wigen

 Luca Scholz Condominium: Mapping Joint Dominion in the Holy Roman Empire
 William Rankin
Sovereignty and the History of Cartographic Bordering

Final Comments


 Martin Lewis What is at Stake?