CFP: Mapping the Global Imaginary, 1500–1900

The organizers of Mapping the Global Imaginary, 1500–1900, a small conference co-organized by the Global History and Culture Centre at the University of Warwick and the History Department of Stanford University, to be held at Stanford’s David Rumsey Map Centre on 14–15 February 2019, have issued a call for papers (CFP). Proposals are due 1 June 2018.

The conference will focus on the role of the imagination, broadly defined, in the history of cartography. The organizers are particularly interested in papers that delve into the intersection of real and fictional realms, highlighting the ways in which mapmakers at different moments have drawn on personal or social imaginaries to create alternative, sometimes destabilizing representations of the world.

Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy of Duke University, author of The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories, will be the plenary keynote speaker.

Contact the organizers <globalimaginary@gmail.com> with any questions.