This seminar explores the spatial and cartographic turn in the humanities. It rethinks cartography as an inter-discipline and investigates key words such as mapping, space, place, and location across languages, cultures, and historical periods. It provides a forum for faculty, students, and participants to discuss, test, and challenge new research methodologies and theoretical approaches to cartography.

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Past Events 2019 - 20

Katharina Piechocki, Harvard University
Book Launch: Cartographic Humanism: The Making of Early Modern Europe

Past Events 2018 - 19

Florin-Stefan Morar, Harvard University
China Translated: Cross-Cultural Exchanges in the Formation of Early Modern World Geography
Zayde Antrim, Trinity College
Mapping at the Margins: Regionalism in Early Arabic Atlases
Elizabeth Horodowich, New Mexico State University
Alexander Nagel, New York University
Europe and its Amerasian Mirror, 1492-ca. 1700
Surekha Davies, John Carter Brown Library Fellow
Knowing with Images: Natural History and Cartography in the Global Renaissance

Past Events 2017 - 18

Elizabeth Mellyn, University of New Hampshire
Ben Tulman, Architectural Designer, Murdough Design
Madness in the City: Changing Practices of Confinement in Europe, 1350-1800
Chet van Duzer, John Carter Brown Library
"With Savage Pictures Fill their Gaps": On Cartographers’ Fears of Blank Spaces
Ayesha Ramachandran, Yale University
Making Universals: Portuguese Manuscript Atlases, 1550-1580

Past Events 2016 - 17

Walter Stephens, Johns Hopkins University
The Old World and the New, ca. 1500: History and Geography Before and After Noah's Flood
Jakub Niedźwiedź, Jagiellonian University
Political Propaganda and the Mapping of the Russian Borderland in the Second Half of the Sixteenth Century: Strubicz, Kochanowski, Mercator

Past Events 2015 - 16

Chet Van Duzer, University of Mississippi
The World for a King: Pierre Desceliers' Map of 1550

Past Events 2014 - 15

David Joseph Wrisley, American University of Beirut
Visualizing Medieval French Places: Spatial Information, Scale, and Literary History
Dana Sajdi, Boston College
Contested Landscape: Damascus in Medieval Arabic Descriptions
Benjamin Braude, Boston College
Discontinuous Continents: Rethinking Macrocartography
Timothy Reiss, New York University
Subverting the Renaissance Atlantic: Bird Islands, Zurara, Las Casas, and the Eucharist