This session will explore the role of maps and cartographic imagery in the inscription of American identity. From electoral “cartograms” to New Yorker cartoons to downloadable satellite images, this session will examine the ways in which geographical images and maps can both fix and unsettle American peoples and places. Papers are invited to investigate the power of maps, the strategic use of maps, the dissemination and popularization of cartographic imagery, historical maps of American cultures and/or landscapes, consumption of maps by various audience types, the educational importance of maps, the shifting characteristics of what is even considered a “map,” methods for analyzing maps in cultural scholarship, or any other related topic in the spirit of the conference theme (“Groundwork: Space and Place in American Culture”). Papers which broadly explore the disciplinary intersections of Geography and American Studies are particularly welcome.
Please send brief c.v. and abstract NO LATER THAN January 18, 2005 to the e-mail address below.
Department of Geography
University of Texas at Austin
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