About and Acknowledgments
Mapping the Global Imaginary, 1500—1900 took place February 14—15, 2019 at Stanford’s David Rumsey Map Center. The conference was co-sponsored by the Stanford Department of History, the Global History & Culture Centre at the University of Warwick, Stanford Libraries/David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences, the Stanford Center for South Asia, and the Stanford Humanities Center. Founded in April 2016, the David Rumsey Map Center houses a large collection of historic maps, atlases, and their digital surrogates, as well as state-of-the-art facilities for digital projection and display as well a exhibition space.
Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University), author of The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories, presented the keynote address. Panel speakers included Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi, Zoltán Biedermann, Nathan Braccio, Corin Braga, Jordana Dym, Matthew Edney, Quintana Heathman, David Lambert, Carla Lois, Ewa Machotka, Bertie Mandelblatt, Erika Monahan, Luca Scholz, Chet Van Duzer, and Bram Vannieuwenhuyze. Videos of the sessions are included along with their exhibitions from the individuals who gave us permission to do so.
This digital exhibition accompanies the papers presented at this conference. Deardra Fuzzell, formerly the Cartographic Technology Specialist at the Center, led the creation and mounting of the physical exhibition, including creation of facsimiles, ably assisted by Anna Crist.
The conference organizers gives special thanks to Michael A. Keller, Vice Provost and University Librarian for help sponsoring this conference. As always, the Center remains indebted to David Rumsey and Abby Smith Rumsey for their continued support of events at the Center, including this one. Aside from the regular staff of the Center, the following played roles in creating the physical and digital exhibition: Charlotte Thun-Hohenstein, Wayne Vanderkuil, Kären Wigen, and Jake Zawlacki.