The American Museum in Britain and the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford welcome proposals for papers for a symposium “New World Cartographies: Mapping America, 1500-1776,” to be held at The American Museum, Claverton Manor, Bath, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November, 2007.
This symposium, which will be held in conjunction with an exhibition of maps of early America at the Museum, will focus on cartographic representations (and misrepresentations) of America before the Declaration of Independence in 1776 which gave rise to the present-day United States. Issues to be considered may include: the significance of imaginative projections of America; the uses of science to map the new continent; interrelations between various conceptions of territory, colony, nation and continent in the New World; Native American representations of space and place; the iconographic idea of America; changing ideas about America between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment eras; associations between maps and politics. This symposium should be of interest to those interested in the history of exploration and cartography, as well as those involved with the study of early American history, geography and culture. It is envisaged that a selection of papers from the symposium will be published.
Please send titles of proposed papers, with a brief (250 words) description and a short CV, to the Assistant Director, Rothermere American Institute, 1A South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3TG (e mail: email@example.com) by 15 May 2007.
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