I am seeking one or two panel members for a session on native cartography in Latin America for the American Society for Ethnohistory conference in November. My analysis draws from J.B. Harley’s notion that cartography serves as a vehicle to re-describe the world in terms of relations of power and cultural practices. At the same time, I attempt to move past conceptions of cartography that understand maps as representations of science and topographical accuracy in order to value them as cultural productions that offer a unique view into social relations in contested environments. I welcome proposals that seek to redefine ideas about mapmaking in native communities, relationships between Western and indigenous cartographic traditions, or maps as primers of social memory. My focus is colonial Mexico, but I welcome proposals from other regions and time periods.
The deadline to submit proposals is June 15, 2008. Please contact me off-list at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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