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Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography Exhibits

From Left to Right: Megacities by Clare Trainor, 2016; Cosmological Diagram, 1850 and The Great War Map by Ernest Clegg, 1926.

Exhibit at the David Rumsey Map Center, October 19, 2017 to April 6, 2018

The history of cartography has its own history which is centuries old. Savants, collectors, and enthusiasts have always been interested in the provenance of maps, their makers, their circulation. In the twentieth century, the history of cartography became a scholarly discipline with a focus on bibliography and the history of national mapmaking traditions. In the past three decades, historians have expanded their focus considerably to include the political biases inherent to maps, their gendered nature, and their varied cultural meanings. The state of cartographic research is robust and diverse, as this exhibit shows.

The exhibit has been curated by the speakers at the conference. Their foci range from the administrative mapping of the Qing Dynasty to the development of disease mapping in Oxford; from the tenth century to the twenty-first. Together, they represent the current plethora of interests that make up some of the leading research in the history of cartography.

  • Mirela Altić
  • Edward Boyle
  • Junia Furtado
  • Peter Hick
  • Parag Khanna
  • Lauren Killingsworth
  • Katherine Parker
  • Steven Press
  • Joel Radunzel Charlotte Thun-Hohenstein
  • Daniel Tuzzeo
  • Benjamin Sacks
  • Chet van Duzer
  • Madalina Veres

The exhibit was designed and mounted (in alpha order): Anna Crist, Deardra Fuzzell, Tj Cruzada, G. Salim Mohammed and David Rumsey. Special thanks to Becky Fishbach, Exhibits Designer, Special Collections, for her assistance in the printing of the facisimiles. A very special thank you to Drew Bourne of the Medical History Center. The Center lent us several books for the exhibit curated by Lauren Killingsworth. Maps from the books were scanned and are part of the exhibit.

The exhibit will run at the David Rumsey Map Center from October 19, 2017 to April 6, 2018. The Center is usually open 1 pm to 5 pm, Monday – Friday, and is occasionally closed for classes. Please check our website prior to coming.

To view this digital exhibit, please click on curated features in the drop down menu at the top of the page.