Popular Cartography and Society
An NEH Summer Institute at the Newberry Library
July 9 - August 10, 2001
The Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library invites applications from college and university teachers in the United States to an NEH summer institute on "Popular Cartography and Society," which will be offered at the Newberry on July 9 - August 10, 2001. The institute, organized by the Smith Center's director, Dr. James Akerman, will be divided into three parts. During the first week of the institute participants will gain a general orientation to the institute theme, the library and its cartographic resources, and recent developments in cartographic historiography and theory. Our excursion through recent developments in the theory of the history of cartography will be guided by Matthew Edney (University of Southern Maine). During the second week of the institute we will turn our attention to an overview of the map trade and map consumption since the Renaissance with the help of David Woodward (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Mary Pedley (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan). The program will move in the third and fourth weeks to a series of sessions focused on particular forms of popular cartography and their social and cultural contexts. Journalistic cartography, pedagogic and historical cartography, transportation cartography, county landownership atlases, and urban cartography will be featured in these sessions, but participation by scholars interested in other topics and genres is strongly encouraged. The faculty for this portion of the institute will include John Long (The Newberry Library), Mark Monmonier (Syracuse University), Jeffrey Patton (University of North Carolina-Greensboro), James Akerman, Gerald Danzer (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Michael Conzen (University of Chicago).
Applications from scholars from a broad range of humanities and social science fields are welcome. Application forms and instructions and further information about the institute content, schedule, and readings may be obtained from the Newberry's website at http://www.newberry.org/nl/smith/PopCartPub.html or by contacting Susan Hanf, Smith Center, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610; phone 312-255-3659. The application deadline is March 1, 2001.
"Popular Cartography and Society" is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency.
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