Maps and Nations: Discovering and Debating the Interaction Between Society and Cartography

A summer seminar for graduate students at the Newberry Library, Chicago Supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

June 21-August 13, 1999

The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library invites applications from graduate students to participate in an eight-week seminar in residence at the Newberry Library. Maps and Nations: Discovering and Debating the Interaction Between Society and Cartography, will be led by Dr. James R. Akerman. Graduate students from any field who will benefit from in-depth study of the political and ethical dimensions of the relationship between mapping and community definition are encouraged to apply for admission to the seminar.

Maps and Nations will explore how cartography has helped nations and states construct, bind together, and defend their national spaces and populations through the survey of national, colonial, and military landscapes; by the delineation of national boundaries and the statistical definition of national populations; by mapping, planning, and promoting national infrastructure; and by the formulation and propagation of national geographic consciousness in the schools and popular media. These explorations of the relationships between mapping and community definition will allow seminar participants to consider the ethical dimensions of the use of historic maps in their research and in the public arena.

The twice-weekly seminar sessions will be led by Dr. Akerman, with occasional guest lecturers. Seminar participants will have the opportunity to do research in the Newberry's internationally renowned collection of historic maps and to participate in the planning and writing of a proposed Newberry Library exhibit.

Participation in the seminar will be limited to twelve students, who will be selected on the basis of their applications for admission. Complete applications for admission must be received by the Smith Center by April 16, 1999.

For application forms and further information, please contact James R. Akerman, Director (312-255-3523) or Kristen Block (312-255-3659), or email the Smith Center. Information about the Newberry Library, its cartographic collections, and the Smith Center may be obtained from the Newberry Library.

Or write to: The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610-3380.

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